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1924 - 2014 |
Arnold Cedric Salisbury
June 1, 1924-May 8, 2014
Resident of Walnut Creek
Arnold C. "Skee" Salisbury passed away peacefully on May 8, 2014, at his home in Walnut Creek, CA. He had aggressively and courageously fought emphysema over the last decade, exhibiting remarkable resiliency and energy.
Skee was born June 1, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA, and spent his first 40 years in Southern California settling with his family in the community of Alhambra. In 1964, he moved the family up to Moraga, CA, and then in 1994, he and his wife of 53 years, Adeline Alt, moved to the Rossmoor community in Walnut Creek. Adeline preceded Skee in death in 2001.
Skee was raised in El Monte, CA, where he graduated from El Monte High School in 1942. After graduation, he spent the next 4 years in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant Navigator for the B29 Super Fortress of the 8th Air Force, which operated in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Skee returned to Southern California where he graduated from
in 1948. Skee was a loyal alumni booster for both El Monte High and UCLA, often unable to watch UCLA games due to the torture they brought him. He attended many high school reunions as he really enjoyed spending time with his former classmates reminiscing about the good old days. He met his best friend in kindergarten and they remained close for well over 80 years.
In 1948, Skee began a 36 year career with the Carnation Company, where he met his wife. Over the 36 years, he held various finance and accounting positions in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. He retired as General Manager of the Northern California Fresh Milk and Ice Cream Division in Oakland. During his tenure at Carnation, he served as Chairman of the Dairy Council of California.
In retirement, Skee played and watched a lot of golf, read the newspaper cover to cover daily, enjoyed musicals, theater, sports and family time, especially watching granddaughter Keely grow up. He had a heart for the Salvation Army and was a regular donor. He was also a donor for Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) of Seattle, WA, a leader in finding a cure for autoimmune diseases. One of his favorite annual events was attending the Boeing Classic Golf Tournament, which benefits BRI.
As an unabashed patriot, Skee was privileged to attend a full military burial in Arlington National Cemetery for his son-in-law's mother. The 2012 trip also included a visit to the
memorial. The experience made a lasting impression on him.
One of Skee's most proud accomplishments was designing an addition to the family home in Southern California. The addition included a family room with a brick fireplace and built in shelves as well as a full bathroom. He also functioned as general contractor during construction.
Skee is survived by his three children, Brian of San Francisco, CA, Nancy Trillo (Roy) of Indio, CA, and Patricia Markey (Seamas) of Seattle, and 2 grandchildren, Keely Markey of Seattle and Jacob Trillo of Oakland.
The family would like to thank Senior Helpers of Moraga for the wonderful care and service they provided to Skee over the last couple of years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army. The family will be hosting a celebration of Skee's life later this summer.
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 24, 2014
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