Troy Dale Lemons|
August 31, 1939 - May 9, 2014
Resident of Danville
Troy Lemons passed away peacefully after a short battle with leukemia. He was admired for his gentle ways and quiet good humor.
Troy was the son of Willis Franklin Lemons and Opal Massengill Lemons. In 1942, the family including Troy, his older brother, Wayne, and grandmother, Lizzie, left Ringgold Texas, and moved to Arcadia, California. There, Troy participated in all sports in his youth through high school and never lost that love as a spectator. The family spent many weekends by the Colorado River, boating, water-skiing, and fishing. He earned the highest rankings for both Explorer (Silver) and Sea Scouts (Quartermaster) and continued mentoring young scouts as a ship's Skipper and later as a proud father and grandfather.
After a year at UCLA, Troy began his career in the infancy of the computer revolution. Working for companies small and large, he held many vital positions and eventually became Vice-President of Qantel Corporation. His efforts increased productivity in manufacturing, guest relations in hospitality and even ticketing for the San Francisco 49ers. He regularly traveled the world on business, mostly to India, Japan, and Australia.
In 1963 he married Sylvia Belle Gearhart and adopted her three children: Cynthia, Robin, and Donald. They soon had a son of their own: Steven. The young family moved around Southern California then found better opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The couple separated in 1989.
In 2000, Troy met and married Roberta Bannon Vance (on Match.com). They led a life full of love, laughter, and mutual admiration. They traveled extensively over the world, attended ACBL Bridge Tournaments around the United States, and visited as many baseball parks as they could.
Along with their favorite bridge friends, they travelled to Mazatlan, Mexico for the annual January Tournament, and the same group also rented fabulous homes for days of good food, wine, lots of laughter, and bridge. They went to events at the Berkeley Faculty Club, lunches and dinners with friends, as well as keeping up with grandchildren. They supported performing arts, and enjoyed the many performances of their grandchildren.
Troy was predeceased by his first wife, and his son, Donald. He is survived by his brother Floyd Wayne of Lockhart TX, loving wife, Roberta, daughters Cynthia Rueb (Pastor Bill), of Tulsa OK, and Robin Cannon (John) of Pollock Pines CA, and son Steven (Beth) of Elk Grove CA. Also Samantha Vance Handley and Michael Vance (Lisa). Troy leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Michael Rueb (Steven Benavides), Daniel Rueb (Sreynan), Jessie Rueb(Mary), Shannon Rueb Wilson (Michael) and Sylvia Rueb Otis(Jonathan), Beth Dominguez (Joseph), Troy Johnson, Danielle Johnson Connor (Kevin), and Andrew, Joey, and Matthew Lemons, Jessica Handley, Michal, Janaya, Sariah, and Alise Vance.
Troy had a gentle soul, was a caring and loving husband and a devoted family man. Always the perfect gentleman. He will be missed by his family and many friends. A Celebration of Troy's Life will be held at the Berkeley Faculty Club; interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 16, 2014