Louis Stoltenberg, 75, of Rancho Bernardo, California, passed away December 13, 2013, in Rancho Bernardo, California. He was born July 16, 1938, in Waco, Texas, to Norval and Mollie Stoltenberg. His family then resided in multiple places such as Auburn, Greenville, Ocala, Oak Ridge and West Lafayette, eventually making it to Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He was actively involved in sports and excelled in basketball and tennis.
During and after high school he worked on many short term fishery and surveying projects such as the Alaskan Pipeline and the American River project. He then joined the army
where he served at White Sands Missile Range as a chemical warfare specialist from 1959 to1962. Louis, having an extremely high proficiency at math, chemistry and physics like his father, he then studied Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Washington
. There he was a member Delta Chi. He met a special lady whom he knew was the one, Patricia Shawanometa, in Hood River, Oregon. They married and had two children. He then continued his interest in Civil Engineering and started his career with Stone and Webster in 1977. From there he relocated his family to Houston, Texas, in 1982. After the death of Patricia in 1982, he continued with Stone and Webster until he moved on to General Dynamics in San Diego, California, in 1986, Specializing in Government Contracting and Procurement, which he later received his master's degree in. He retired from BAE Systems in 2003.
Louis loved boating, deep sea fishing in Baja Mexico and was an avid stamp and coin collector. In his later years he enjoyed watching movies and spending time playing cards with friends or visiting the local casinos.
Louis was a dynamic, charming, caring man who lived a very full life, complete with thorough exploration and had great interest in all aspects. Being a risk taker in his youth, he was a very curious man who would try anything once. He would revel in pursuing answers, mysteries and uncovering truths.
Louis was a protector, always keeping a watchful eye on those he loved. He was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Stoltenberg, and his mother and father, Norval and Mollie Stoltenberg. Louis is survived by his daughter, Sharon Louise Stoltenberg Scott of Austin, Texas; son, Louis Todd Stoltenberg of San Diego; granddaughter, Mahala Belle Wood of Austin, Texas; sisters, Sondra Silver and Julie Stoltenberg of Seattle, Washington; brother, David Stoltenberg (Katherine) of Sacramento, California; niece, Susan of Everett, Washington; and nephew, Colin of Edmonds, Washington.
Visitation will be held at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary in Poway on January, 27, 2014, from 10:30am – 11:30am and services at 11:30am. Burial will follow at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego at 1:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
or Interfaith Community Services of Escondido on behalf of the Stoltenberg family.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude for all the help and friendship provided to Louis and Todd during these past two years of battling cancer.
Condolences may be left in Louis's online guestbook at www.powaybernardomortuary.net.