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DeYoung Memorial Chapel

601 N California ST, Stockton, CA

OBITUARY

Demetrio "Buster" Villa

August 30, 1935May 20, 2020
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Demetrio “Buster” Villa

He was born August 30, 1935, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Apolonio and Lilly (Ballard) Villa. After moving to Stockton at age six, he grew up in the area and graduated from Manteca High School in 1954. He attended San José State University before getting drafted into the Army in 1958. He served two years in the Army and four years in the reserves before being discharged in 1964. Villa worked for the Defense Depot Tracy and Sharpe Army Depot for 31 years before retiring in 1993. He was a long time member of the Filipino American National Historic Society, and was instrumental with the establishment of the museum in Stockton. He was also a parishioner and volunteered at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. He was loved by all and will be remembered for his great smile and enthusiasm for life. Villa was preceded in death by the love of his life Eleanor (Estante), his sister Rosita Guillermo, brother-in-law Sonny Estante, and foster brother Father Lorenzo “Larry” Palafox. Survivors include his two sons – Derrick (Amy) of San Jose and Patrick (Meliza) of Las Vegas, his four granddaughters Grace, Isis, Cadence and Passion, his sisters-in-law Irene (Dentoy) Revillar and Constance Estante of Stockton, numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Friends and Family are invited to attend his viewing on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 12-4 p.m. at the De Young Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California Street. A burial service will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12 p.m., at San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Filipino American National Historic Society Museum at http://fanhsmuseum.com/membership.html or FANHS Stockton Chapter.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rick Bond, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Oki, Pallbearer
  • Brian Rivera, Pallbearer
  • Gabriel Gonzales , Pallbearer
  • Osias Sanchez, Pallbearer
  • Joel Gallegos, Pallbearer
  • Dentoy Revillar, Honourary Pallbearer

Services

1 June

Visitation

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DeYoung Memorial Chapel

North Building

601 N California St
Stockton, California 95202

2 June

Committal Service

12:00 pm

San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery

719 E. Harding Way
Stockton, California

Memories

Demetrio "Buster" Villa

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Richard Langevin Family

May 28, 2020

We celebrate Uncle Buster’s life with love and laughter. We chuckle at all his funny stories and thank him for sharing his experiences on his trips around the world. He is dancing with Auntie El in heaven and smiling at all of his family especially his grandchildren whom he each adored. Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with and giving us memories we will forever treasure.
Richard, Mary Anne and Andrew

Froozan Afiat

May 27, 2020


I didn’t know you but I know your son., and through him I can imagine your good qualities as a father.
May your spirit be happy and free. May nature provides patience and strength to help your family in this sad time.

Froozan

Jim Matovina

May 26, 2020

I was blessed enough to have met Buster a few years ago when he was in Las Vegas. Please accept condolences from me and my family. - Jim Matovina

Richard Tenaza

May 24, 2020

Condolences to Buster's family and friends... I've thought about Buster more often than I've seen him the last 20 years and when I did see him it was always as if he just suddenly popped out of nowhere with a big smile on his face, like when I ran into him in Manhattan one year and at Dentoy's side in Stockton another. Though I hadn't seen much of him of late I will miss Buster as he leaves us to go to his beloved Eleanor. My sympathies to Buster's family for the void his departure leaves in their lives.

Marguerite David (Balantac)

May 24, 2020

Dearest Family,
Deepest condolences to all of you. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that positive healing thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Nenong Buster was my dads best friend and they now get to commiserate again! He will always be a part of you and know that he loves you with all of his soul. Again condolences.
Fondly, Marguerite ~

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