In Memoriam

Brian King

Brian King

July 20, 2022 - Brian King died June 22. He was 43. King was born in Modesto and graduated from Beyer High School in 1997. After high school graduation he pursued his professional ambition to become a machinist which he did for 25 years. He joined Lawrence Livermore…

Jean Higby

Jean Higby

July 19, 2022 - Jean Higby died July 8. She was 84. Higby was born on June 19, 1938, to John & Viola McCrary in Rock Chapel, Georgia.  She moved to Livermore where she attended elementary school. She attended middle school in a barracks at the Naval Air Station…

John Robert Ambrosino

John Robert Ambrosino

July 12, 2022 - John Robert Ambrosino died June 17. He was 87. Ambrosino was born April 5, 1935, in Gloversville, New York. He his younger years growing up in Gloversville helping his uncles with cement sidewalk repairs and local paper route, and then entered the Air…

Frederick “Fred” Mackie  

Frederick “Fred” Mackie  

July 12, 2022 - Frederick “Fred” Mackie   died May 25. He was 81. Mackie was born in Madison, Wisconsin on Aug. 20, 1940. After graduating from Madison High School in 1958, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he applied to be in the nuclear power program…

Blanca L. Haendler

Blanca L. Haendler

July 5, 2022 - Blanca L. Haendler died June 10. She was 73. Haendler was born Nov. 22, 1948 to Helmut and Mildred Haendler of Lee, New Hampshire. She received her bachelor of arts in chemistry from Goucher College in 1969 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins…

Dean Wheatcraft

Dean Wheatcraft

June 30, 2022 - Dean Wheatcraft died Nov. 27, 2021. He was 79. Wheatcraft was born July 4, 1942, in Canton, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University where he received his doctorate in English. After graduating he taught English through the University of Maryland at…

David Albert Layne

David Albert Layne

June 28, 2022 - David Albert Layne died June 15. He was 69. Layne was born on May 27, 1953, and raised in Modesto, California by his parents, Elvin and Lou Kathryn Layne. His service to the nation, its safety, and security began in 2001 at Sandia National Laboratories…

Robert "Steve" Lowder

Robert "Steve" Lowder

June 20, 2022 - Robert "Steve" Lowder died May 18. He was 84. Lowder was born in South Gate, California. He received his bachelor of arts in physics from University of California Riverside in 1961, where he was elected junior class vice president. He worked at Advanced…

Richard Allen Rankin

Richard Allen Rankin

June 15, 2022 - Richard Allen Rankin died June 12. He was 67. Rankin was born July 4, 1954, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, to Allen Rankin and Betty Jane Crawford. He graduated from Winter High School in Winter, Wisconsin. He acquired a bachelor’s of science in chemistry…

Peter Edward Carnute

Peter Edward Carnute

June 7, 2022 - Peter Edward Carnute died Jan. 10. He was 86. Carnute was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 2, 1935, to Peter A. and Philomena F. Carnute, graduating from Pittsfield High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954, serving with distinction…

Donald Wayne Moon

Donald Wayne Moon

June 7, 2022 - Donald Wayne Moon died May 1. He was 88. Moon was born in Herrick, Illinois, he was the second son and youngest child of J. Burl Moon and Joanna (Turner) Moon. He went on to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana. His…

Peter Ross Hammond

Peter Ross Hammond

June 7, 2022 - Peter Ross Hammond died May 23. He was 87. Hammond was born on Oct. 7, 1934 to Hilda and Stan Hammond. He was a native of the United Kingdom and was raised in London. He attended Cambridge University and received a Ph.D. in chemistry. He worked as a…

Dennis Mapes

Dennis Mapes

May 24, 2022 - Dennis Mapes died May 17. He was 81. Mapes was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in the Los Angeles area.  The son of Ted and Ruth Mapes, he graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnical High School before attending San Jose State University.  In…

Darryl Lee Mentzer

Darryl Lee Mentzer

May 23, 2022 - Darryl Lee Mentzer died April 13. He was 87. Mentzer was born in Schuyler, Nebraska, on April 20, 1934, to T.R. (Bill) and Helen Mentzer. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radar man aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ticonderoga…

Ernest Charles Wold II

Ernest Charles Wold II

May 23, 2022 - Ernest Charles Wold II died May 22. He was 74. Wold was born in Fresno on Jan. 2, 1948, to his parents Ernest and Deborah Wold. He graduated from Washington High School in1966. After high school he graduated from aircraft electrician school at Naval Air…

Marcella June McMaster

Marcella June McMaster

May 11, 2022 - Marcella June McMaster died April 21. She was 96. McMaster was born June 24, 1925, to Dudley Vail and Ethel Flint in Girard, Kansas. After her high school graduation, she worked as a telegraph operator for the Santa Fe Railroad. She married Franklin “…

Mike Gallegos

Mike Gallegos

May 9, 2022 - Mike Gallegos died April 29. He was 70. Gallegos was born in French Camp, California to his parents Jose E. Gallegos and Esther L. Martinez. He attended East Union High School and Delta College and was employed by Loomis Armored Car, and retired from…

Donald Thomas Ryder

Donald Thomas Ryder

May 5, 2022 - Donald Thomas Ryder died Fed. 5. He was 81. Ryder was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Castro Valley. He survived polio at age 13 and spent a year in an iron lung and though he had lost most of the muscles in his hands, became quite the artist…

William (Bill) Charles Turner

William (Bill) Charles Turner

April 25, 2022 - William (Bill) Charles Turner died April 10. He was 79. Turner graduated from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington in 1960. He attended Stanford University and graduated in 1965 with a  bachelor of science in physics. He received a PhD in…

James Nielsen (Jim) Doggett

James Nielsen (Jim) Doggett

April 19, 2022 - James Nielsen (Jim) Doggett died April 7. He was 80. Doggett was born in Santa Rosa to William and Thelma Doggett. He spent his youth in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and San Anselmo, where he graduated from Tamalpais High School. Following…