Ed Donohue


October 30, 1945 - July 24, 2013

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Edward Francis Donohue, 67 of Meadow Vista, CA passed into the embrace of his Heavenly Father on July 24, 2013. He died suddenly in ICU after valiantly fighting pneumonia and a suppressed immune system for six days.

He was born October 30, 1945, to Edward and Margaret Donohue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He spent his boyhood in Connecticut before moving with his parents and siblings to the Bay Area. After graduating from San Carlos High in 1963, Ed went on to serve in the USAF during the Vietnam War, receiving computer training that launched a nearly 50 year career in the hi-tech industry, 20 of them at Oracle.

In 1972 he married the love of his life, Linda Sanguinetti, with whom he raised four adoring children and toasted their 40th anniversary in 2012. Ed earned a B.S. in Business from Notre Dame de Namur and a M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary. Above all, Ed loved to have "edventures" with his family and friends, serve his church, and be with his wife Linda. At Peninsula Bible Church Cupertino, he discovered his love for studying and sharing God's Word and serving with his brothers on the Elder Board. In 1997, Ed and Linda celebrated the emptying of their nest by moving to Roseville, CA, where they found a new church family at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church and also served as an Elder, as well as helping to launch The Gathering Inn, a ministry to homeless brothers/sisters. He took great pride in his work, was well liked and respected by his co-workers, and enjoyed mentoring others. Above all, Ed had a lasting impact on so many people and will greatly be missed.

In the fall of 2012, he was the grateful recipient of a kidney transplant, which gave him - and his loved ones - a new lease on life.

He is survived by his wife (Linda), two sisters (Nancy Donohue and Judy Flater), one brother (Ben Heschen), four children (Teresa Decker, Patrick Donohue, Cathy Mathiesen, and Kevin Donohue), seven grandchildren, plus many other beloved family and friends.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, August 4th at Cochrane & Wagemann in Roseville, CA from 12-3:30PM, followed by a Memorial Celebration at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church at 5:00PM, also in Roseville, CA. There will also be a committal service at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Monday, August 5th at 10:00AM in Dixon, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pastoral Education Fund c/o Valley Springs Presbyterian Church.