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Banks, Cezar J. LA MESA -- Cezar J. Banks never did things in a small way. Aviation was his passion, and he made his mark in aerospace engineering and indoor model flying in addition to many other pursuits. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, May 24, 1926, he served in the U.S. Navy 1944-1946 then earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison. At General Dynamics Convair, he worked on all the space programs and played a key role in John Glenn's first flight. After retirement, he contributed greatly to indoor model design and competed around the world. He also participated in community theatre and mentored youngsters in Science Olympiad. After a long struggle with Alzheimer's, he died April 22, 2013. He leaves behind a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Catherine Banks of San Rafael, California; daughter, Deena Banks of San Diego; son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Banks of Phoenix, Arizona; and four grandchildren, Alex Banks of Phoenix, Joel Tuttle of El Cajon, Katie Banks of Austin, Texas; and Gabe Tuttle of El Cajon. A family memorial service will be held May 23 at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery and a Celebration of Life luncheon on May 25. The family requests no flowers but donations to people's favorite charities if they wish. Please contact jbanks308@cox.net for details.

Published in U-T San Diego on May 12, 2013
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