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Orville Leston Abbott

Orville Leston Abbott was born in Roswell, Idaho on September 28, 1922. He passed peacefully on January 23, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Orville was raised on a farm in Idaho with his 5 brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his youngest brother, Ray. He briefly attended the University of Idaho then earned his degree from Oregon State University. He graduated in the first Agricultural Engineering class at OSU. Orville proudly served his country in the US Air Force during World War II earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. He married Sally Booth in 1947 and raised three children, Judy, David, and Terry. Sally preceded him in death in 1986. Orville then met and married Arlene Dozet in 1992 and with her children, the two families have many wonderful memories. Nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren were proud to call him "Big O" and Grandpa. Orville was a dedicated public servant spending his 42-year career with the Department of Water Resources. He was instrumental in negotiating the water compact agreement for sharing Lake Tahoe water in CA and NV. He served as Executive Officer and Chief Engineer of the California Water Commission before his retirement in 1993. Orville "Big O" was a gentleman of low tone and very few words who taught us all, by example, to be kind, gentle, work hard, wait your turn, and have fun. He was "a Hero of a man in every aspect". As "time marches on" please do whatever you can to eradicate Alzheimer's disease in honor of the gentleman known to many as Big O. A memorial service to honor this great man will be held on February 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the .


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