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Lewis Fred Cavin
July 15, 1924 - June 27, 2013
Resident of Livermore
Fred Cavin died peacefully on June 27, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Livermore. He was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, the third of four boys. When Fred was six months old his family moved to Florida. In 1941,
World War II
interrupted Fred's education at the
University of Florida
. He joined the Navy and served as a Corpsman (medic) receiving the Navy Air Medal for air-sea rescue work in the South Pacific. Fred was recalled to the Navy during the
and served with the First Marine Division making the Inchon Landing and the Chosin Reservoir Trek. He received Presidential Unit Citations from both the United States and the Republic of Korea.
After being discharged from the Navy, Fred began his pile driving career as a job site clerk with Raymond Concrete Pile Company in Oakland, CA. He quickly rose through the ranks to a field superintendent, then estimator, and in 1965 was named Raymond's District Manager with full responsibility for their Northern California pile driving efforts.
In 1971, he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by starting his own pile driving company with three partners. They formed Foundation Constructors and got to work with a single 30 ton truck crane affectionately named 'Pinky'. Today the Company owns a fleet of over 67 cranes of all types and sizes, as well as several specialty machines used in alternative pile driving. Fred's outlook on life and his manner of conducting business resulted in a company with a reputation for fairness and quality work by knowledgeable, innovative and dedicated people.
Fred was active in the Associated General Contractors of Northern California for over 40 years; serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Highway and Heavy Engineering Division Board of Directors. He received the AGC of California Contractor Achievement Award in 1995. In 1998, Fred's career was highlighted by receipt of his industry's prestigious Golden Beaver Award for Service.
He was a member of ASCE, Structural Engineers Association, Club Curry, SAME, Chosin Few, and fraternally a member of Masonic Lodge Acacia # 243 in Hayward, and the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 32nd degree. He was a past president of the April Club and the Pile Driving Contractors Association. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a former member of Asbury's Board of Trustees.
Fred is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverly; daughter, JoAnne Conklin of Portland, OR; stepson Eric Johnson of Livermore; grandson Sean Conklin; granddaughters Tarah Cash, Kristine Cavin and Suzanne Cavin-Meckes; and four great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the VA Medical Center whose tender and compassionate care made the last months of Fred's life so comfortable. Their kindness will always be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Friends, family and business associates are invited to attend a celebration of Fred's life at Foundation's yard/office located at 81 Big Break Road, Oakley, CA on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00 am. For more details please contact the office at 800-841-8740.
To all who knew and loved him, Fred will forever be remembered as "a man of faith - a kind and decent man".
Published in Contra Costa Times on July 12, 2013
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