EUGENE CHARLES TUBACH
Apr. 14, 1922 - July 2, 2013
Eugene Charles Tubach passed away peacefully in his home in El Centro on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 surrounded by family members.
He was born in Falls City, Nebraska on April 14, 1922 to Herman and Anna Tubach. He had 9 brothers and one sister. His father liked to tell everyone that he had ten sons and each one of them had a sister. Gene grew up on a farm and attended a trade school in Falls City during his high school years. He went on to Arizona State University and received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts and later a Master's Degree in education from UCLA. On Dec. 12, 1945 he married Dorothy Lou Ellen Metzner, also from Falls City. After graduating from ASU, Gene built a house in Kingman, Arizona and started his teaching career, teaching shop classes at the high school. He moved to the Imperial Valley and began teaching at Central Union High School in 1953. He taught shop classes and was in charge of student activities. In 1963 he moved to Wilson Junior High School, where he served as both the Vice Principal and the Principal. In 1971 he returned to the high school as the Principal and held that position until 1979. He continued to teach drafting classes until retiring from teaching in 1983. During his career he mentored and guided many local educators. After retiring from teaching he worked for the Office of the State Architect, inspecting the construction of the Martin Luther King Elementary School in El Centro, and a laboratory building at the University of California Desert Research & Extension Center (formerly known as the Meloland Field Station). He also supervised the building of the Tyler Building at the First Christian Church in El Centro. Many will remember the extensive aviaries he kept at his yard. Gene was an accomplished craftsman and had a passion for building things. He built 7 homes in the Imperial Valley. He was very active in the First United Methodist Church in El Centro, served as a trustee and donated much time maintaining the church facilities. He was also very active in Kiwanis, the Imperial County Pioneers Park Museum, the Calexico Neighborhood House, and Valley 4H programs. In retirement he volunteered as a docent at the Pioneers Museum and especially enjoyed interaction with touring school groups. Eugene was a good father and family man. One of his biggest joys was hosting a family reunion every President's Day weekend for the past forty years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; by his four children, June (Tony) Fraze of Las Vegas, Gary and Roger from El Centro, and Roy from Salinas; his grandson, Teague (Tammy) Tubach and two great grandchildren, Abby and Marley from Gilroy, CA; his brother, Jim Tubach of Manhattan, KS; sister-in-laws, Betty Jane Tubach and Mary Ann Metzner of Falls City, NE; and many nephews and nieces. Gene will be remembered for his kindness, his generosity, his willingness to always lend a helping hand, and his signature bib overalls.
The Tubach family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Vereniz, Yisell, Maria and Alejandrina, and the nurses from Gentiva who took such good care of Gene the last couple of years.
There will be a memorial celebrating Gene's life on Saturday, July 20th at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in El Centro followed by a light lunch in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the First United Methodist Church, the Imperial County Historical Society Pioneers Park Museum, or the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, Gene's favorite charities.
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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from July 13 to July 18, 2013