SF2LA Tribute 2019

San Francisco Fire Department

Frank Dunphy

 San Francisco Fire Department Deceased April 19, 2019  Rank H-2

David J. Lavelle, Jr.

David Lavelle, August 17, 1946 – March 9, 2019. Served 33 years U.S. ArmyReserves, 30 yrs. with San Francisco Fire Department, 37 yrs. Graduate of St. Monica’s Grammar School, Class of 1960, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Class of 1964, Graduate of City College of San Francisco, and went on to San Francisco State University. David is survived by his wife, Carol Roberts Lavelle, Daughter Denise (Ron) Lauron, Son Philip (Laura) Lavelle. Grandchildren: Alyssa Lauron, Kathryn Lauron, Giuseppe Lavelle, Lorenzo Lavelle. Siblings: Tim (Helene, deceased) Lavelle , Patsy Lavelle, Mickey (Terri) Lavelle, Dan (Roanne, deceased) Lavelle, Peggy (Clark Rasmussen) Lavelle. Nieces and Nephews: Brian (Becky Gibbs) Lavelle, Ceci (John) Conley, Brendan (Cat Cairone) Lavelle, Corrin (Garek Heffernan) Brecha, Eileen Brecha, Heidi Lavelle, Sean Lavelle, Michael Lavelle, Becca (Jeff) Lavelle Register, Nicole Lavelle, Rose Lavelle, Brigid Rasmussen, Ingrid Rasmussen, Ben Roberts (Treeanne), Jon (Elsa) Roberts, Phillip Roberts. In laws: Michael (Pat) Roberts, the late John Roberts, Paul (Francine, deceased) Roberts. 15 grand nieces and nephews.

Matthew Vincent Plescia

December 14, 1945 – November 5, 2018

Matthew Vincent Plescia passed away at home in Marin County on November 5th, 2018. Born Matteo Vincenzo Plescia in Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily, he came to the United States with his sister, Fran in 1951. Matt grew up on 26th Ave. in the Sunset District of San Francisco. He attended Polytechnic High School, where he played both baseball and football. Matt met Mary Walsh in 1971, and after six months of dating, they were married. The couple moved to Marin in 1976, where they had three boys. They were also foster parents when their boys were young. Matt proudly served the San Francisco Fire Department for 29 years, working mostly out of Station 7 in The Mission and retiring as a captain at Station 6. A day rarely passed when he didn’t remind everyone that he had “the best job in the world.” On his days off, he coached all three of his sons from T-Ball and Pop Warner all the way to high school baseball and football at Terra Linda. He taught his players about teamwork and fairness, and coached every practice and game with dedication and his signature intensity. In retirement, he traded coaching for babysitting his grandchildren—a job he loved deeply. Matt also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul in San Rafael, faithfully maintained his 6am workouts at the Marin YMCA, and swapped jokes with his motley crew of friends at Starbucks. All his life, he was completely devoted to his family, community, and church. Matt was a faithful parishioner of St. Isabella’s, where he attended mass each week. He looked forward to taking his entire family on vacation to Yosemite every summer. Matt rooted for the 49ers and Giants, but every team was second to his beloved New York Yankees. He jumped at any chance to help his family, never left a debt unsettled, always paid in cash, and made everyone laugh. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his sister, Fran (Ken, his brother-in-law and best friend); his three sons, David (Nicolle), Michael (Marianna), and Mark (Christina); six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Los Angeles County Fire Department 

John Walsh

John Henry Walsh, born April 2, 1928 in San Francisco, California, died at his home on January 7th, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He met the love of his life at Franklin High School in Los Angeles, California and they were married for 64 years. John retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department after 30 years of service. They moved from Thousand Oaks, California in 1976 and made Wrightwood their home for the past 35 years. He was one of the founding members of the Serrano High School Athletic Booster Club and was active in the athletic programs. He was very proud to have been a part of the pitching staff of the 1983 CIF Serrano baseball champions, mentoring many young athletes from Little League thru high school, including three generations of his own family.
He leaves, to miss him forever, his loving wife Ruthann and their children, Robyn and Earl Stout, Gayle Walsh, John and Kathy Walsh and Patrick and Stephanie Walsh; nine grandchildren, Krista and Bill Bey, Ryan Stout, Sara Stout, Jennifer and Chris Dame, Jonathan and Niky Walsh, Brian Walsh, Heather and Joshua Longyear, Kyle Walsh, and Lindy Walsh; four great grandsons, Parker Bey, Harrison Bey, Marshall Bey and Rylan Bey. He was preceded in death and will be reunited with their son Kevin Walsh. Anyone who knew John, knows he is dancing in heaven right now.

Mark Tolbert

It is with great sadness the Los Angeles County Fire Department announces the unexpected passing of Battalion Chief Mark Tolbert on May 19, 2019 at the age of 60.  He was a highly respected member of the Department with over 30 years of service to the residents of Los Angeles County.  He was assigned to Battalion 20 A-Shift, Central Operations Bureau.


John Clare