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John DeFilippi
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John DeFilippi, 55, of Morada lost a year long battle with cancer at his home on Thursday, Sept. 13. At his side at the time of death were his wife and best friend of nearly 26 years, Linda, and their son Jay. During his illness he demonstrated courage throughout his treatments and remained positive throughout his last days.

Mr. DeFilippi was born on June 18, 1952 in Grass Valley, California. He graduated from Nevada Union High School and Sierra College where he pursued his one passion, golf. During his career, he worked as an assistant golf professional at Graeagle, Alta Sierra and Swenson Park Golf Courses. He worked as head professional at La Contenta Golf Course before opening up his own business, Valley Golf Services in Escalon. For the past 15 years, he gave golf lessons and made custom fit golf equipment for hundreds of golfers in the area, and as far away as the eastern coast. He enjoyed working with many young people, encouraging them to participate in competitive high school golf. Aside from his profession, he was greatly admired by fellow professionals for his tremendous knowledge of all facets of the golf game and its business. He was a former member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) as a Class A Golf Professional.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by his mother, Harrye DeFilippi of Grass Valley; his mother-in-law Audrey Handy; his siblings Nicolette and Bud Gamble and Bob and Patty Waltemeire; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service is planned on Friday, Sept. 21 at noon at the Escalon Golf Course (by the pond) at 17051 So. Escalon-Bellota Road with the reception following at 2 p.m. at the family home at 5042 Manor Circle in Morada.

In loving memory donations in his name may be made to: E.H.S. Golf, 1528 Yosemite Ave., Escalon, CA 95320 or to The Brighterside of Down Syndrome, P.O. Box 32252, Stockton, CA 95213.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 19, 2007