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David O'Neill Allain
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A Celebration of Life will be held in the Los Angeles area for David O'Neill Allain, 54, of Turlock. He died Sept. 24, 2009 at his home in Turlock following complications of multiple sclerosis.

Arrangements are being handled by Turlock Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

Born Aug. 18, 1955 in Los Angeles to Lawrence and Mary Allain, David graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley in 1973. He worked in construction while taking courses at Moorpark College, and later worked in Yosemite National Park and Hawaii. He lived and worked on a community farm in Israel. David then spent four years of service with the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa where he built an infirmary and school in a village and helped complete a school in another. After completing a year of studies in the Experiment in International Living in Vermont, Mr. Allain settled in Mariposa and Midpines where he was a carpenter and built many homes while continuing his studies at Merced Junior College. When his health prevented him from continuing as a carpenter, David moved to Turlock where he earned a bachelor's degree in social studies and certificate in counseling from California State University at Stanislaus. He volunteered in the Help One Student at a Time (H.O.S.T.) program, worked as a counselor for the local elementary and high schools in Ceres and Turlock, and was an avid scholar with a keen appreciation of history and the Constitution.

He leaves behind his brother, Gregory of Temecula; two sisters, Melissa Allain-Botsford of Castro Valley and Tamara Allain-Montange of San Antonio, Texas. He is predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Mary Allain, brother Peter and sister Kimberly.

Remembrances may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

-Ceres Courier /October 7, 2009