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Lloyd Arthur Lee Obituary
Lloyd Arthur Lee Passed away on February 2, 2014 in Novato, CA. He was 88. He is survived by his children Spencer (Laura) Lee, Dexter (Betsy); his grandchildren Morgan, Tracey (Efren) Meleza, Trever; and his great-granddaughter Sofia Jeanne Meleza. He is predeceased by his wife Frances Jeanne. Married for 44 years, Lloyd and Frannie were high school sweethearts. Although he was very active and healthy following her death in 1991, he deeply missed her. It was a blessing to all in his life that he later found companionship with Marilyn Arnsbarger, whose families had been dear to each and known one another other for many years. Lloyd was born in San Francisco in 1925, the first son of immigrant parents from Norway. He graduated from Lowell High School, having attended his class of 1943-1944 reunion last Spring. He joined the Army Air Corps at age 17, flying countless missions over the Pacific in B29's and a multitude of other airplanes during WWII, including flying over the USS Missouri during the Show of Force. Following his military service, and the completion of his education at UC Berkeley, he had a long and storied career as a Civil Engineer with URS, was responsible for supervising improvements to the Hoover Dam, the construction of the Bart tube, and the rebuilding of the California State Capitol building; after a dedicated work ethic, Lloyd finally retired at age 77. In 1973, he and his beloved wife moved to Novato, making many new friends and establishing deep roots in their community. Their passion for travel resulted in many domestic and international trips, acquiring a library of mementos from each. Not only was Lloyd a role model to his sons, he was a fun and loving grandfather who loved his family deeply. He was an avid golfer, where at Indian Valley Golf Club he accomplished his first hole-in-one. He was a friend to many, in his neighborhood and community. Lloyd's devotion to his wife and family, commitment to both friends new and lifelong, and his deep appreciation and enjoyment of pets both small and large, will be missed by all who loved him. Lloyd will be remembered for being his family's True North, and for his strength, kindness, generosity, dignity and elegance. Simply put, they don't make them like this anymore. A celebration of his life will take place on March 1st at 2:00 PM at All Saints Lutheran Church, 2 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice By the Bay or Marin Humane Society. Services entrusted to Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Feb. 23, 2014
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