The life of Elliott S. “Cisco” Valderrama was remembered, celebrated and mourned last Saturday, February 22, in the great, rolling, thundering, unstoppable, three-mile-long spectacle that is a Hells Angels funeral. Valderrama had been a member of the club since January 13, 1966. He was the President of the Oakland charter.
Mourners at the service included Sonny Barger, Mickey Rourke and Hells Angels from as far away as Norway and Brazil. Valderrama was of Filipino descent. Out of malice and spite, some relatives of the dead man who wanted to attend the funeral were forbidden entry into the United States by the Department of Homeland Security.
Cisco Valderrama was born in San Francisco six days before Pearl Harbor. He was raised in East Los Angeles. He moved to Santa Rosa, California in 1965 and he began prospecting his motorcycle club that year.
In his time, Valderrama was a mason, hod carrier, movie producer, actor and writer. Stories about him abound. He was a member of the Oakland Charter when Hunter Thompson hung around the club. He was at Altamont Speedway in December 1969 when the vilification of the Hells Angels began in earnest.
Dave Burgess, a former President of the Nevada Nomads charter of the Hells Angels who was framed and is now wrongfully imprisoned, described Valderrama like this: “Cisco has this very confidant air about himself and everyone is drawn to him. I am not sure how to explain it, but Cisco treats everyone (that he likes) like they are his children. When you are with Cisco, you feel safe, and if he likes you, you are safe.”
Cisco Valderrama is survived by Joann Valderrama, his wife of 52 years; his sister Virginia McManus, his best friends Timmy, Shannon, Yamo, Chrissie and all his Oakland Angels brothers.
He died of respiratory failure. He was 72. He will never be forgotten.
Requiscant In Pace.