Bruno de Solenni, 32, of Crescent City, was killed Sept. 20, 2008, while serving in southern Afghanistan. His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province.
He was born Jan. 10, 1976, in Crescent City to Mario de Solenni and California Martin. A 1994 graduate of Del Norte High School, he graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BA in history.
He joined the Oregon National Guard in 1997. His first tour in the Middle East was with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Sinai, Egypt. His second tour was in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He went to Afghanistan for his third tour as part of a Special Forces unit working as an embedded trainer with the Afghanistan National Army.
In civilian life, Bruno was part owner of two local businesses in the fishing and logging industries. He was an avid and successful local deer hunter, having killed his first buck at the age of 12 on Fox Ridge in Del Norte County.
As a son, brother, uncle, and friend, Bruno touched many lives. His absence will be experienced by many.
He is survived by his mother California Martin; his father Mario de Solenni and his wife Linda; his twin brother Ricardo and his wife Autumn; his brother Gino and his wife Athena, all of whom reside locally, and his sister Pia and her husband Rory Conway, of Philadelphia.
Other survivors include seven nieces and nephews: Caitlyn, Jaelyn, Julia, Mario, Giancarlo, Sophia and Olivia; two aunts, Jan Martin and Mary Freeman, and a special friend, Farrah Bates, along with numerous extended family members in Italy, Alaska, Arizona and Virginia.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Bruno de Solenni Memorial Fund for the assistance of other military families. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mail to: Bruno de Solenni Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 876, Crescent City, CA 95531.
A Rosary for Bruno will be said at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Friday at 7 p.m. in Crescent City. His remains will be under military guard starting at 5 p.m. for those wishing to pay respects.
His funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Internment will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Crescent City, with full military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel, Crescent City.