Donald "Cookie" A. DeMello
February 8, 1935 – September 22, 2021
Donald Anthony DeMello, 86, of Ventura County, passed away on September 22, 2021. He will be truly missed in so many ways.
Don was born on February 8, 1935 in Honokaa, HI to Joseph and Evaeon DeMello.
He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. His infectious smile, laughter and especially his humor will live on forever.
As a young boy Don loved to fish, but his passion was baseball. He played for many teams and played way into his later 60’s! He also loved to watch and go to Dodger games. Once retired you could often find him at the Chumash Casino, a pastime he enjoyed with his gambling partner, his daughter Evaeon.
As a young man he worked for his stepfather Henry Moniz in construction. He eventually moved to the Island of Honolulu where he met his first wife (Diana Rivera) the mother of his three children. He worked for a grocery store (Foodland) and worked for a soda company called Coke-Cola, I think a few of you know of the brand. He also worked for the city of Thousand Oaks as a manager of landscaping and met his wife Minnie DeMello. Don was very supportive to Minnie for she was the phone operator and known as the voice of Thousand Oaks.
Don moved to the mainland, Southern California. He lived in Hollywood, The Valley, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo. Don had goals to own his own home and own his own business. He owned his own gas station (Texaco) right off the Las Virgenes exit off the 101 in Calabasas. Though Don fulfilled his goals if you asked him what his biggest accomplishment was he would tell you it was his three children, Renee, Evaeon and Donnie.
Don was preceded by his wife Minnie DeMello, his parents, his brother Herbert DeMello and his grandson Kevin Williams. He was survived by his children, Renee Rick (Shane), Evaeon Asiatico (John/Chris) and Donnie DeMello Jr., grandchildren Christopher Asiatico (Frank), Derrick Williams, Leighton and Karsen DeMello, great-grandchildren Mason & Emma.
We’ll all miss Don but we are so grateful for the time we had to spend with him. We will always feel his presence in our hearts.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com for the DeMello family.