In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson

Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson

March 30, 2017 - Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson, died in her home in Lincoln, California, on March 6, after a short struggle with cancer. She was 89. Erickson was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Big Stone, South Dakota, to Lawrence and Emma Phillips. After three brothers...

Herman Ruby Leider

Herman Ruby Leider

March 29, 2017 - Herman Ruby Leider, formerly of Livermore, died March 10. He was 88. Leider was born to Jacob and Esther Leider on Jan. 14, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Central High School in Detroit in 1947 and graduated from Wayne University (...

Rockwell (Rocky) Darbee

March 29, 2017 - Rockwell (Rocky) Darbee died March 8. He was 70. Darbee was born April 9, 1946 in Clawson, Michigan. He was an avid marathon runner and mountain climber. His quirky sense of humor and bright personality will be missed by all that knew him. Darbee...

Kenneth Roy Trigger

Kenneth Roy Trigger

March 29, 2017 - Kenneth Roy Trigger died Feb. 19, two weeks before his 93rd birthday. Trigger was born in Chicago in 1924, moving to northern California once he graduated high school. During his military service, Trigger met Esther Meshul at the Hollywood USO....

Frank Kaoru Inami

Frank Kaoru Inami

March 28, 2017 - Frank Kaoru Inami, of Livermore, died March 14. He was 95. Inami was born on April 25, 1921 in Madera, California to Shizuichi George Inami and Kohina Okitsu. After graduating from Madera High School, he went to UC Berkeley to get a degree in...

Paul J. Paslay

Paul J. Paslay

March 22, 2017 - Paul J. Paslay of Modesto died March 10 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was 77. Paslay was born in 1939 in Peterborough, England. He came to Livermore, California at age 12 and graduated from Livermore High School in 1956. He had lifetime...

Mikkel Hilde

Mikkel Hilde

March 20, 2017 - Mikkel "Mike" Hilde of Bellingham, Washington, died Feb. 15. He was 98. He was born to Halvor and Barbo (Varmaker) Hilde on Dec. 10, 1918 in Wolf Point, Montana. His family immigrated from Norway and he was the only one in his family born in the...

Paul James Grace

Paul James Grace

March 17, 2017 - Paul James Grace died Feb. 26. He was 76. Grace was born in 1940 and raised in San Bernardino, California, the son of Mary and Hubert Grace. He attended high school there until he went to the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a...

Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis

March 16, 2017 - Jack W. Ellis of Livermore died Jan. 24 due to heart complications. He was 84. Jack was born on Oct. 15, 1932 in Washington state. After attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was married to...

Stanley (John) Luke

Stanley (John) Luke

March 9, 2017 - Stanley (John) Luke of Dublin, California, died Feb. 16. He was 56. Luke was born on Dec. 6, 1960 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Stanley and Primrose Luke. He received a bachelor's in chemistry from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in...

Stephen Cavanaugh

Stephen Cavanaugh

March 8, 2017 - Stephen Cavanaugh of Tracy, California, died Jan. 7 after a battle with cancer. He was 66. Cavanaugh was born April 22, 1950. He began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on April 14, 1980 as an electrician supporting the fire and...

Basil Smith

Feb. 23, 2017 - Basil Lewis Smith died Feb. 15. He was 87.Smith was born at home in Porth, Glamorgan, Wales to Evan Lewis Smith and Priscilla Jane Lewis. He grew up in London during World War II and served in the British Army in Malaysia. He immigrated to the...

Anthony V. Bell

Anthony V. Bell

Feb. 16, 2017 - Anthony Vincent Bell, Tony or Vince to his friends, died Feb. 1 in his Ripon home. He was 93.Bell was born in Oakland on July 27, 1923 and spent most of his early years growing up there as well as in Richmond and Weed. He volunteered for, and...

Abraham Szöke

Abraham Szöke

Feb. 7, 2017 - Abraham Szoke, a leading physicist in the fields of quantum optics, laser fusion, high energy density physics and X-ray crystallography, died Jan. 26 due to complications of lymphoma. He was 87.Attended by Hanna, his wife of more than 60 years, and...

Frank M. Salinas

Frank M. Salinas

Feb. 7, 2017 - Frank M. Salinas of Livermore died Jan. 24. He was 74.Salinas was born Feb. 24, 1942. He was a computer operator at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Computation Directorate from 1967 to 2003.He is survived by his wife, Liliane...

Ralph E. Meléndez

Feb. 3, 2017 - Ralph Espinoza Melendez died Oct. 14 following complications from heart surgery. He was 68.Melendez was born Dec.11, 1947, in Douglas, Arizona, a town on the border with Mexico. He graduated from Salpointe High School in Tucson, Arizona, and served...

Thomas James Nugent Jr.

Thomas James Nugent Jr.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Thomas James Nugent Jr. of Livermore died Oct. 23. He was 82.Nugent was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Immaculate Conception Elementary, where he was a mathlete champion, Holy Trinity High School, and graduated from City College of New York...

Frank Warner Holm

Frank Warner Holm

Feb. 3, 2017 - Frank Warner Holm died Nov. 1. He was 87.Holm was born April 1, 1929. His life began on a farm on Stanley Blvd., called Fairview. He and his family were a big part of the old history of Livermore. Holm's grandpa came from Denmark and settled here,...

Salvatore Frederick Cancilla Jr.

Salvatore Frederick Cancilla, Jr.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Salvatore Frederick Cancilla, Jr. of Livermore died Oct. 1. He was 81.Cancilla was born Oct. 28, 1934 in Concord, California. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Vidisky, on Oct. 12, 1957...

William G. Jones

William G. Jones

Feb. 2, 2017 - William Green "Wild Bill" Jones, a longtime resident of Livermore/Pleasanton, died Dec. 24, 2016 at his home in Minden, Nevada, where he decided to relocate and retire.Jones was born in San Diego, California on Oct. 15, 1941, to Charles and Irene...