Albert Trumbull "Bud" Queen|
August 3, 1920 - November 27, 2012
Resident of Lafayette
Bud Queen was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. As a youth, Bud was an avid Boy Scout who achieved his Eagle rank and helped lead his troop while attending college. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1942 with a degree in Economics and Political Science. As a 4 year R.O.T.C. graduate, Bud was soon called to active duty in the Army. He served 4 years in WWII and was released to the Ready Reserve with the rank of Captain.
After the war Bud found employment in the Savings Loan industry and followed that endeavor for 37 years until his retirement in 1983. He served in many capacities, retiring as a Corporate Vice President. As a financial executive he was on various boards of directors and committees related to the SL industry as well as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Savings Loan Institute. He was very active in the community, serving in programs of personal interest such as the Boy Scouts of America, United Crusade, and the YMCA. For many years, Bud served as an officer with Lions Club International. He often said how worthwhile and satisfying these activities were.
Soon after retirement, Bud became interested in Ham Radio and gained many years of pleasure from his radio contacts and formed numerous close friendships with others in the hobby. He upgraded his operating license to the highest attainable level and also served as President of his club, The Society of Amateur Radio Operators ("SARO").
However, his greatest adoration and love was always his family. There was never any doubt that his heart was with his wife and four children. Their life was centered on family activities and doing things together whenever possible. Lake Tahoe was a favorite summer vacation spot for over a decade. He so enjoyed being at the helm of their many family car adventures. These trips created countless treasured memories.
There was no question that his Christian faith was a central part of who he was. He found great reward with his friends at church and was active as an ordained Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church and also held advisory posts with the national organization.
Later in life, Bud embraced technology and enjoyed many years using the Internet and email to gain new knowledge but above all to share his thoughtful words and insights. He was a truly kind and honorable man who was a dear friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his sister, Shirley Henderson and his devoted wife of 70 years, Madora and their 4 children; Brian Queen; Kathleen Hurley (Brian); Russell Queen (Aileen); and Larry Queen (Karen); as well as 5 grandchildren. Lastly, to his numerous nieces and nephews he was their beloved "Uncle Bud."
A memorial service will be held on Monday January 7th at 2:00 pm at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek. Donations may be made to the
Published in Contra Costa Times on Dec. 14, 2012