GENE ROY ANDERSON

ANDERSON, GENE ROY Gene, 84 of Jamul, CA passed peacefully with his wife of 64 years, Lorelei, by his side. He was born in Brownwood, TX on October 21, 1928 to Ruth Ellen Andrews and John D. Otto Anderson. After graduating from high school in Texas, Gene hitchhiked to California with a buddy and only $20 between them. He started his career in the oil fields and later married his high school sweetheart. Gene formed a company with four partners and helped develop a directional drilling tool called the Dyna-Drill. With exclusive rights to the tool, he was contracted by the Atomic Energy Commission in the late 60's to drill underground nuclear test sites in Mercury, NV. Gene and Lorelei lived in long Beach, CA for 50 years and raised two sons. They owned and raced thoroughbred horses for over 40 years at all of the leading California tracks. Besides his family, golf was his other passion. He scored 7 holes-in-one. Gene and his wife moved to Steele Canyon GC in Jamul, CA and resided there for the past 15 years. He was a founding partner of the Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrietta Springs, CA where he befriended fellow partner and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Gene was known for his sense of humor and respected for his integrity. Gene is survived by his wife, Lorelei and two sons Larry Anderson (Brenda) of Chino Hills, CA, Dr. Kevin Anderson (Mary) of Jamul, CA, three grand-children, Victoria Knighton (Kyle) of Chino, Elizabeth Anderson and Thomas Anderson of Jamul and one great-grandchild, Aubrey Knighton of Chino, two half-brothers and two half-sisters all of whom reside in Texas. Burial is scheduled at Singing Hills Memorial Park on January 24, 2013 at 11:00 am"


Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013