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John Battista Quaccia ’47 resident of Ashland, Ore., passed away August 26, 2009. Son of Luigi and Madelena (Gillio) Quaccia, he attended San Francisco Junior College and University of California Berkley before transferring to University of Texas Austin as a Naval ROTC cadet. Assigned to the newly formed 36th U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (SeaBees), Quaccia deployed to Okinawa where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. In 1946, John married Mae Murry of Mandan, ND, and under the GI Bill, enrolled in the civil engineering program at University of Santa Clara (class of 1947). While working for Ben C. Gerwick Construction, lived in San Francisco, then moved to Oakland, where he began his 29-year career with East Bay Municipal Utility District. Settling in Castro Valley, John was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. John continued his tradition of service after moving to Mountain Meadows in Ashland, Ore., by serving on committees and boards in his new community. Preceded in death by his brother Lawrence Quaccia and son-in-law Jeff Matz, John is survived by his wife Mae Quaccia; sons Stephen (Marilyn), William (Lisa Polito), Robert (Janet), and Ronald (Andrea Tarantino); daughters Celeste Bell (Jim) and Terese Matz; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.