Jack Rego Jr., a professional mechanical engineer, farmer and avid fly fisher, died April 6 after a valiant fight against cancer. He was 80.
Born June 8, 1936, in French Camp, California to Jack and Irma Rego, he graduated Tracy High School in 1954 and San Jose State University in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He immediately began working for FMC Ordnance Division in San Jose California, and in 1966, started employment at Lawrence Radiation Lab, now Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Rego retired in 2004 after 38 years, having helped develop some of the nation’s most secretive national defense weapons systems.
A long-time resident of Tracy, California, Rego is survived by his three children, Rodney, Tina and Timothy Rego; his three grandchildren, Jeremy Brummel, Corinna Rego and Morgan Rego; two great-grandchildren, Alina and Ellie Rego-Garcia; and his two sisters, Phyllis Luxford and Darlene Mattson. Preceding him in death is his sister, Irene Rueweler.
A memorial service was recently held at the Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 West Highland Avenue, Tracy. He has been interred at Tracy Public Cemetery, 501 East Schulte Road, Tracy.