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Eugene "Bud" Mastin

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Eugene "Bud" Mastin Obituary
Eugene "Bud" Mastin
Dec 22, 1915 - Aug 18, 2013
Resident of Aptos, California
Eugene "Bud" Roscoe Mastin of Aptos passed away peacefully in his home in the early morning hours of August 18, 2013, with his wife of 65 years, Nadine by his side
Gene was born in 1915, in Dryden Oregon to William and Genevieve Mastin - one of five children. The family moved to Mountain View in the early 1920s where Gene attended Los Altos Elementary School and graduated from Mountain View High School. After earning his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad and the California Department of Highways until World War II broke out. He enlisted in the Navy's Seabees as an ensign and spent much of his service during the war on Palmyra and Honolulu building and maintaining military airbases. Gene would be the first to admit the horrors of war, but in many ways his time in the Seabees on the islands provided him with experiences that he would benefit from for the rest of his life.
After leaving the Navy, he worked for General Mills as a construction engineer for their west coast production facilities. In 1948, he married Nadine Foss and they settled in Baron Park California. At Baron Park, Gene and Nadine had three children until outgrowing the Baron Park house they moved to Los Altos where they had two more children. Gene went to work for George Nolte Engineering until he opened his own engineering firms in the late 1950's. Always looking for new challenges, he took an engineering job at Incline Village, Nevada in the late 1960's. He finished his professional career back in Los Altos and retired in 1980.
Gene's hobby and passion was building and remodeling houses. Along with Nadine, he built the last three houses they lived in, as well as either building or remodeling most of his children's houses. When he retired, he volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Soledad State Prison and Pajaro Valley Shelter Services where he could continue his interest in building as well as helping people. Until his last days, he was always working around the house, to a level that was well beyond tinkering.
More than his professional life or hobbies, Gene will be known as one who left the world a better place by being part of it. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who found time to love and care for others outside his family. He will be remembered for his ability to give direct and sage advice, his sharp humor, his unwavering honesty and the compassion he had for all.
Gene is survived by his wife, Nadine; his five children, Monica, Peter, Tom, Mark and Terry as well as their spouses; seven grandchildren, Carlos, Cecilia, Lynne, Sara, Zeke, Jacoba and Maxine and his brother Robert Mastin.
It was Gene's wishes that he be cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. The Neptune Society will honor those wishes and there will be a celebration of his life later in Aptos. Remembrances to Hospice of Santa Cruz County; 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, Ca; 95066

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 21, 2013
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