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William Emmett O'Bryant

May 30, 1943 ~ October 1, 2017 (age 74)

The Piano Brothers

It is with great sadness that we announce that William Emmett O'Bryant, 74, passed away at his home in Modesto on Sunday, October 1st, after a long illness. His Devoted wife of 53 years, Dana, was by his side.
Born in Oakland, California, Will was the son of Emmett O'Bryant and Cora O'Bryant. As a young man, Will started his career as a Fish and Game Warden and went on to serve with distinction as a Detective with the Alameda County Sherriff's Department for more than 20 years. During his law enforcement career, Will was assigned to Criminal Investigations, including Elder Abuse and Crimes Against Children. In addition to being an arson investigator, Will also serve as an undercover officer. Some will remember him fondly as "Big Louie".
Upon his retirement from law enforcement, Will wanted to return to public service and threw his hat into the ring for City Council. He was twice elected to the Modesto City Council. Will was passionate about public safety and was honored to be named as an Honorary Fire Fighter by the Modesto City Fire Fighters Association. At Will's request, the flag draping his coffin was one flown over a Modesto Fire Station.
Anyone who knew Will could identify with his ability to share a good story, which he did generously throughout his time in public service, all directly as a result of his dedication to law enforcement.
Will is survived by his loving wife Dana and their two children, his son William O'Bryant and his daughter Tammy Reynolds Pope and her husband Thomas. He leaves his adored grandchildren, Justin, Allyson and her husband Christopher, and Brandon. Will is survived by his sister Loretta Ames. His sister Alberta predeceased him.
Family and friends cherish Will and will always remember his integrity, warmth, compassion for others and his generosity. A fine and good man.


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