Gene Joseph Albaugh
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6/26/1933 - 9/2/2012
Gene Albaugh, 79, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, mentor and community leader died on Sunday, September 2, 2012 surrounded by his family.
Gene was born on June 26, 1933 to Bernard Joseph Albaugh and Florence Irene (Wright) Albaugh on the Wright family farm near McKean, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Richmond, Calif., and graduated from Richmond High School in 1952. Later that year he met the girl of his dreams, Dolores (Dee) Jane Peake.
Gene entered the United States Air Force on February 7, 1953 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1957 as a S/Sgt. While in the Air Force, Dee and Gene were married at St. Paul's Church in San Pablo, Calif., on Sunday, December 27, 1953. Their first apartment was in Gulfport, Mississippi.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dee Albaugh; his five children, Pamela (John), Shari (Ron), Larry (Valerie), Michael "Sid", and Amy; sisters Marge (Carl) and June Marie (Val); 11 grandchildren, Sarah (Nate), Johnny, Rebecca, Matthew, Julia (David), Christopher, Emily, Brenna, Laura, Tess, Drew and a great-grandson, (Henri) Dutch.
After four years in the U.S. Air Force, Gene returned to his job with the Standard Oil Company, Richmond Refinery and entered Contra Costa College part-time. When he was offered a janitor-watchman job with the company, he was able to attend college full time, eventually earning a Secondary Teaching Credential. He taught at Salesian High School in Richmond and DeLaSalle High School in Concord and was a successful coach in baseball, football, track and basketball. As a testament to Gene's coaching and teaching achievements, he was inducted into the Salesian High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Upon leaving teaching, he worked for Mt. Diablo Unified School District as an accountant for special education and grant programs.
Gene then transitioned to city and county government where he spent the remainder of his career. Gene cherished his life as a public servant and the close friendships he developed along the way. Gene worked in many counties with others of his ilk including Contra Costa as an internal auditor, Calaveras as assistant auditor-controller and country
administrative officer, Nevada County as county administrator, Siskiyou County as interim county administrator, interim general services director in El Dorado County, consultant to Lassen County and to Placer County for a special project.
He advised the California Courts in Sierra, Nevada, Amador, Calaveras, Glenn and Siskiyou Counties during the conversion of county courts to state courts and worked with special districts including the Placer County Water Agency, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, the Cameron Park Recreation District, and the Sierra College Small
Business Development Center. Gene was similarly privileged to serve the cities of Richmond, Colfax, Wheatland, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Ione, Plymouth and Folsom before ending his career on June 30, 2011 as city manager in the City of Nevada City.
Gene took great pride in being involved in each of the communities where he lived and worked. His community involvement included being Past President of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, Past District Governor of Rotary District 5190 Nevada/California, charter member of the Rotary Club of Nevada City 49er Breakfast Club, charter member of the Auburn Daybreak Rotary Club, charter member of the Plymouth-Foothills Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Paul Harris Society, major donor to the Rotary International Foundation, benefactor and member of the Rotary Bequest Society, life member of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, Sierra College Foundation Board of Directors, Nevada County-Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Harry Truman with the Original Marching Presidents, United Way of Northern California, Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor, President of Calaveras Little League, Volunteer Firefighter, San Andreas Fire District, Ponytail Softball in both Calaveras and Nevada County, Past President of the Sons of Norway, Gulldalen Lodge in Grass Valley being selected as 1992 President of the Year for all of District 6, 7th Degree Member Banner Grange, Nevada City Elks Lodge, Fire Safe Council, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Nevada County, Frank
Gallino American Legion Post #130, St. Canice Church, Past Grand Knight of the Fr. Dermot Dwyer Council Knights of Columbus, and a 4th Degree Sir Knight of the Bishop Eugene O'Connell Assembly in Grass Valley. Gene was called safe at home after
an awe-inspiring hook slide at the
plate…may the force be with you.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Foothills or to a
Visitation will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary from 1 to 4 p.m. with a Vigil and Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. Mass will be held Friday, September 7, 2012 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley at 10:30 a.m. with burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery, a reception will follow at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, Hwy. 49.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Sept. 6, 2012