Lee Fredric Overbeck|
March 1, 1942 ~ June 2, 2014
Resident of Ben Lomond
Lee Overbeck departed this life June 2, 2014 after a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was 72.
Lee was born March 1, 1942 in San Francisco to Fred and Elnora Overbeck. He attended school in Milbrae, San Bruno and San Jose. He graduated from Willow Glen High School in 1959. Lee joined the Army as a radio operator and was stationed in Germany and France before being honorably discharged after two years.
Lee was a walk on addition to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and teaching credential from San Jose State University and Master's Degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly. Lee joined the staff at San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1969 where he met Gail Bashor. They were married in April 1970. Daughter Brittany and son Joeben soon followed. Lee and Gail lived in the house they built in Ben Lomond for 38 years.
Lee taught P.E. at SLVHS for 34 years. He was Athletic Director for 31 years and coached Football, Softball, Soccer, Wrestling and Track and Field. In retirement, Lee created and maintained numerous websites, including the SLVHS, SLVUSD and SCCAL websites. He frequented sports events throughout the county, volunteering, taking photos and supporting his many coaching friends. He was installed as an honorary member of the SLVHS Sports Hall of Fame in April, and told his mother-in-law it was "a highlight of my life." Lee was also one of the founding members of the Seahawks Rugby team.
Lee's favorite pastimes included bicycle riding and downhill skiing, as well photography. He loved spending time in South Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and traveling with his wife, family and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Elnora and sister Karen Storm. He is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Brittany, son Joeben, daughter-in-law Malinda and granddaughter Payten, mother-in-law Phyllis Bashor, and a large contingent of extended family and friends.
A celebration of Lee's life will be held on Sunday, June 29th at 2:02 pm at The River House in Ben Lomond, next to Highlands Park. Those wishing to join the celebration are encouraged to go to www.rugby8man.blogspot.com for further details. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Lee to the SLVHS Athletic Boosters, PO Box 616, Felton, CA 95018.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 10, 2014