Elliot S. “Cisco” Valderrama

February 24, 2014

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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.

 

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55 Responses to “Elliot S. “Cisco” Valderrama”

  1. Patricia J. Says:

    I JUST NOW FOUND OUT ABOUT CISCO’S DEATH ONLY 2 HOURS AGO. I WAS IN THE LOCAL WALGREEN STORE AND I SAW A GENTLEMAN WEARING A HELL’S ANGELS T-SHIRT WHO I THOUGHT WAS CISCO. AS I APPROACHED HIM I REALIZED IT WASN’T CISCO AND THAT’S WHEN I STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION. HE SAID HIS NAME IS RICH AND HE SHARED WITH ME THE NEWS ABOUT CISCO’S PASSING EARLIER THIS YEAR. I WAS SADDENED TO HEAR THIS. CISCO WAS A FANTASTIC NEIGHBOR OF MINE WHEN WE LIVED ON HILLSBOROUGH ST. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF HIM AND SOME FUNNY STORIES ABOUT OUR PET CAT AND ITAR AND THE INFAMOUS SWIMMING POOL. CISCO RESCUED THAT DARN CAT OF OURS MANY TIMES FROM THE POOL. ITAR WAS A GREAT WATCH DOG WITH A SUPERIOR BARK THAT ONE KNEW MEANT BUSINESS IF YOU TRIED TO MESS WITH THE PROPERTY. WE HAVE SOME REALLY COOL PHOTOS WE TOOK DURING BLOCK PARTIES ON HILLSBOROUGH AND WESLEY.
    MY FAMILY AND I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR CONDOLENCES TO CISCO’S FAMILY. HE WAS A WONDERFUL NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND AND ALTHOUGH WE HADN’T SEEN HIM IN A FEW YEARS I THOUGHT OF HIM OFTEN AND OFTEN WONDERED WHERE HE WAS AND HOW HE WAS DOING.
    I’M GLAD TO HAVE CLOSURE ON MY THOUGHTS ABOUT SUCH A GOOD MAN. MAY HE REST IN PEACE!

  2. christopher taylor Says:

    My great uncle wolfe flew and opperated the hells angels in the world war and is a distant relative to my biological father christian wolfe born columbus ohio october 1964,my mom bonnie lee johnson came from okllahoma with my real dad to mericopa where i was born,she married carl eugene mueller my brother and sisters dad,who raised me,my grandma barbrah johnson also from oklahoma who died of lung cancer nevada and uncle william billy who rode hard in arizona died of liver failure,now who’s the originals

  3. Virginia Mcmanus Says:

    Let it be known that my brother was separated from Joan for many many years. He lived his last years with the friends he loved.

  4. JoAnn White Says:

    I am Pi’s daughter who became Cisco’s and JoAnn’s Goddaughter from the minute i was born. How easily people forget.

  5. Aikawa Says:

    Elliot and Joanne were very good friends of my parents. He was one of the “true” individuals that I knew growing up and it was very apparent to me that one should never judge a book by its cover. I never knew of his stature in the organization, just knew that he had my parents back.
    Joanne, my deepest condolences and I am so sorry that I found out so late.
    Cisco is riding his bike next to mom (Maya) and Brewer up in nirvana and sorry Hank is still around (90 now) but I can’t bring myself to let him know. Next time I am with my dad we will tell sorries about Elliot. Cisco will always live in my heart.
    Stu Aikawa

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