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RIP Denny Weisgerber

Former Milpitas Mayor Denny Weisgerber (birth name: William D.) passed away today at the hospital after a recent bout of pneumonia. Though he’d been given the all-clear to return home and recover weeks ago, last week he ended up feeling unwell and returning to the hospital. He was 89 years old. 

Weisgerber was born in Bend, Oregon, on May 5, 1930. He was predeceased by his wife, Marianne Weisgerber, in 2017. The pair married in February, 1949, the same month Denny enlisted in the Marines. 

Weisgerber would serve in Korea as an assistant platoon sergeant, where he saw major combat and sustained severe injuries. For his valor, he was awarded the Navy Cross. 

Weisgerber was also a recipient of the National Defense Medal, Purple Heart, United Nations Korea Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Campaign Medal (two stars), Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation.

He was also a two-time Milpitas Rotary Club President, and most famously, a three-time Milpitas Mayor during a 12-year City Council run from the 1960s into the early 70s. 

Weisgerber graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. He and Marianne had two children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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