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Official Obituary of

William Joseph Tombrello

November 30, 1955 ~ March 20, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

William Tombrello Obituary

William Joseph Tombrello, a prominent figure in the punk rock scene and beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that reverberates through the hearts of many. Born on November 30, 1955, in Santa Monica, California, William's life was marked by a passion for music, surfing, and a vibrant spirit that touched all who knew him.

William's journey into the world of music began early on, finding solace and expression in the pulsating rhythms of punk rock. He emerged as a leading figure in the San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles punk rock scenes, leaving an indelible mark with his talent and dedication. As the drummer for the Upbeats and the guitar player for Jester, William's musical prowess enchanted audiences and inspired fellow musicians.

Before his illustrious career, William's roots were grounded in his childhood and education. He attended Westminster High School in Westminster, California, and further pursued his studies at Hollywood High School. During these formative years, he co-founded his first band, The Evil Cows, setting the stage for a lifelong journey immersed in the world of music.

Beyond his musical endeavors, William cherished the ocean through the thrill of surfing and sport fishing. Whether riding the waves, reeling in the day's catch, or igniting the stage with his electrifying performances, he exuded a contagious energy that drew people towards him. William was also known as a spectacular hairdresser in Southern California. His style and creativity echoed throughout his tenure.

William's multifaceted life was also marked by athletic prowess. He attended San Jose State on a Gymnastics Scholarship, where he showcased his remarkable talent and dedication. William's commitment to excellence culminated in him becoming the California State Champion for the Parallel Bars, a testament to his discipline and skill both on and off the stage.

In his personal life, William found profound joy and companionship in his 32-year marriage to his loving wife, Amy Parham. Together, they weathered life's ups and downs, sharing in each other's passions and supporting one another through every twist and turn.

William’s most notable love is for his Daughter, Analisa. Born in San Diego, California.

In addition to his remarkable accomplishments in music and athletics, William's life was defined by a sense of adventure and exploration alongside his beloved wife, Amy. Together, they embarked on a journey that spanned various landscapes and experiences, from the rugged wilderness of Alaska to the lush forests of Oregon, and from the sun-soaked shores of California to the vibrant lights of Las Vegas, and eventually leading them to settle in Colorful Colorado. 

Their life together was a testament to their shared spirit of adventure, embracing each new chapter with open hearts and a zest for discovery. Whether traversing snow-capped mountains or wandering through bustling city streets, William and Amy found joy in the richness of each moment and the beauty of the world around them.

Their adventures created cherished memories that will endure beyond William's passing, serving as a testament to the depth of their love and the vibrancy of their shared experiences.

William's memory lives on in the hearts of those he held dear. Daya Jaggers, his former spouse, survives him. Daya and William had one child, Analisa, whom they adore. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Amy; his adoring parents, Delores and Joseph Tombrello; his precious granddaughter, Charlotte Johnson; and his forever loyal best-friend, Gidget. He also leaves behind his Uncle Robert and (Patty) Patronsky; brothers-in-law Robert Parham, Richard (Jill) Parham, and Rhett (Rebecca Torpey) Parham; Sisters-in-law Cindy (Jim) Burkhardt, Sally (Jim) Bluck, Virginia (Benjamin) Bagnall;  nieces Wynne (David McCormick), Sylvyn, and Tymber Parham; nephew Benjamin Parham; and dozens and dozens of other nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his family, William is remembered fondly by countless friends and fellow musicians whose lives he touched with his kindness, talent, and unwavering spirit. Though he may no longer walk among us, his music, laughter, and love will echo eternally in the hearts of all who knew him.

William Joseph Tombrello left an indelible mark in every facet of his life, whether in the realms of music, athletics, or personal relationships. His legacy is a beacon of inspiration, reminding us to pursue our passions with unwavering determination and to cherish the bonds of love and friendship that enrich our lives.

Rock in Peace, Will. Your melody will linger on, a testament to a life lived with passion and purpose.

(Verse 1)

Born on the shores of Santa Monica Bay,

With a spirit wild, he found his own way.

Surfing waves, feeling the ocean's sway,

A punk rock heart, in his veins it did stay.

(Chorus) E / A

William Joseph, a rebel soul,

In the punk rock scene, he took control.

From San Diego to LA's bright lights,

His music soared to great heights.

(Verse 2)

From the Evil Cows to the Upbeats' beat,

His drumming rhythms, a relentless feat.

With Jester's strings, he took to the street,

His guitar wails, with passion complete.


William Joseph, a rebel soul,

In the punk rock scene, he took control.

From San Diego to LA's bright lights,

His music soared to great heights.


California's champion, on parallel bars he'd stand,

In San Jose State, he left his mark on the land.

With Amy by his side, they roamed far and wide,

Through Alaska's snows and Oregon's tide.

(Verse 3)

In Vegas lights and California sun,

Their adventures never were done.

With each new day, they'd seize the fun,

Together, their journey had just begun.


William Joseph, a rebel soul,

In the punk rock scene, he took control.

From San Diego to LA's bright lights,

His music soared to great heights.


Though he's left us now, his spirit remains,

In every chord, in every refrain.

William Joseph, his legacy gleams bright,

In our hearts, he'll forever ignite.

(Song composed and written by AI)

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