Saxton, Harold E. (Gene) |
Harold E. (Gene) Saxton passed away suddenly on October 11, 2016 after a brief illness.
Gene was born on April 9, 1939 in Albuquerque, NM to Jesse E. and Fern Saxton. He attended Valley High School and then joined the Air Force for 4 years. After he was discharged, he moved to California where he went to college and worked in the electronic industry. While working at Ransom Research, he was responsible for the partial design and complete checkout of the RWV command system for the Mariner space program, and worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratories on the Ranger/Mariner programs, including 3 months at Cape Canaveral, Florida. He then worked for Wyle Laboratories in El Segundo, CA as a design engineer in the development of the "Scientific" Electronic Desk-Top Calculator. Later jobs included Compucorp in LA and, lastly, Sandia Labs, as a contractor through Technical Enterprises and Associates, a corporation of which he was a co-owner. At SNL he worked as an engineer/technician for the development for neutron/x-ray detectors/monitors for numerous applications, etc.
Gene loved flying and had his private/commercial pilot's license. He enjoyed all kinds of music and played guitar. His latest passion was NASCAR.
He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of many years; his children, Gina Hartmann and David Saxton; grandsons, Sean Hartmann and Aaron Hartmann; sister, Tina Milton and brother, Jesse Saxton.
Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony is scheduled at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on October 28, 2016.
We miss him so much already.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Oct. 23, 2016