Monthly Archives: December 2014

For Phil Crane

I told Julie that I would pass this along.

Tom McFadden

From Phil’s daughter..

Dec 29, 2014

Hi Tom,

We are having a celebration of life on January 3
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, Ca 94526

It will be in the Lodi paper this week.

Thank you,

LAVA member Phil Crane passed away Dec. 22nd

Phil Crane passed away from lymphoma yesterday.  He was a LAVA member and made wine with many people.  He lived off of Bruella until he moved back to the east bay area early last year.  He still came over to help people make wine.  A great man who will be missed.  He always called me Mr. President…..what a card he was!  RIP my friend……..Phil Crane1 Phil Crane2 Phil Crane3 Phil Crane4

LAVA member Rich Babich passed away Sat, Dec. 6th.

Rick Babich, Annalisa’s husband, passed away last Saturday at home.  Annalisa has posted this information:

January 13, 1952 – December 6, 2014
A loving husband, brother, father, nephew , great friend, Rick Babich, passed peacefully in his home, on Saturday, December 6th, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, diagnosed late April of this year. He fought hard, never complained, not once. He was of strong character and strong spirit. He was 62.
Rick was born and raised in Sacramento by his parents, George and Nina Babich, along with Rick’s brother David. Rick in his youth, was a star baseball pitcher and quarterback at C.K. McClatchy High School and accumulated scholarships. He attended CAL Berkeley where he graduated, Journalism Major and Art Minor, and was offered a baseball semi-pro contract in Canada.
Being a great journalist and writer, Richard wrote for the Hayward Daily Review, then a Congressional campaign, and also the CA Arts Council. Growing his career, back in his 20’s, Rick approached Channel 3 for a newscaster job. They politely suggested he did not have the right kind of voice for broadcasting, but had the looks of a dynamite model and actor. This was the launching point where Rick was to make his living for the next 35 years. He modeled/acted regionally and worldwide, until he returned to writing in his 60’s and was a lead journalist for Market Monitor/Grassroots a worldwide financial publication.
Rick leaves behind his loving family and adoring wife, Annalisa Sharp Babich, his daughters Emily (23) and Cameron(18), and Annalisa’s son Maximilian Pulice (17).
Rick was handsome, smart, caring, patient, had a very dry sense of humor and he will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know and love him.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Dec.14th, 1 p.m. – 4:30pm , at their family home, 1790 Larson Rd, Lodi, CA 95242.
Suggested Memorial donations and contributions can be made to The Bili Project Foundation for Cancer. Online at or by mail, 303 N .Glen Oaks Blvd., Suite 700, Burbank, CA 91502.

LAVA has sent a card and a memorial donation to the Bili Project Foundation.

Rick Babich Memorial