Donald Reniff died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 28th in Antioch California at the age of 85.
Donald is survived by his wife Catherine Reniff and children Stacey Clay (husband Dennis Clay and grandchildren Chelsey Nation, David and Aaron Clay), Susan Roberts (husband Michael Roberts and grandchildren Don and Bryan Reniff, Matthew and Tobias Roberts). He is proceeded in death by his sister Phyllis Stice and nephew Douglas Stice.
He was born in November 20, 1933 Erie, Pennsylvania to Ruth and Fay Reniff. His family moved to Albany, California when he was three years old. A few years later, his parents bought a house in Concord, California where he attended elementary through high school. While attending college at San Francisco State University he worked at a gas station in Martinez. During this time, he was drafted into the army where he was the assistant to the chaplain and played piano during the services. He was later stationed in Germany, where he bought himself a Volkswagen - Don loved his cars. When his tour was over, he shipped the car to New York. Once he returned state side he drove himself all the way back to California. He was honorably discharged from the army June 30, 1962. He continued his education at San Francisco State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials. He played the organ at the first Baptist Church in Concord, where he met his sweetheart, Catherine Larsen. They were married in Ukiah on June 18, 1962. After moving to their little trailer in Oakley, he began working for the Antioch Unified School District as a 5th grade teacher. During his 40 years with the AUSD he taught: fourth, fifth and sixth grades and classroom music. He truly loved teaching and taught at Bidwell and Turner Elementary schools. He also joined the Delta Schools Federal Credit Union as a board member. He then became the organists at the First Baptist Church in Antioch and remained the organist for 50 years. He was involved in many aspects of the church, including driving the youth group to winter camp and summer camps on several occasions. He enjoyed cars, camping, spending time with family and vacationing at his time-share condo in Tahoe. He is remember as a hard-working, kind, wise, humorous husband and father who loved God and encouraged his daughters to pursue their goals.