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Terry La Croix Jr. Obituary
Terry Yorke La Croix, Jr.

Oct. 24, 1924 - Mar. 19, 2013

"Lucky all my Life!"

Terry Yorke LaCroix, Jr. passed away peacefully in Chico, California, surrounded by his family, on March 19, 2013.

Born October 24, 1924 to Vivian (nee Goldt) and Terry LaCroix, Sr., Terry was a native son of Alameda, California. He was an alumnus of St. Joseph Catholic School and Alameda High School, class of 1942. With the calling to serve his country during WWII, like so many young men of that era, Terry joined the Army Air Corp. He trained on C-47's and flew "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India theatre serving as a flight engineer. Shortly after his return home from the war, Terry met his lifelong love, Patricia ("Patty"), while sailing with friends on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Terry and Pat were married in 1947 and settled in Alameda where they
raised their six daughters. In the early years, Terry worked as a manager at the Del Monte plant at Buena Vista and Sherman St. in Alameda. Terry later had a long career as a banking executive until the time he retired in 1986.

Terry's civic duties and service to his community truly defined his life's work. Over the years, he served as; President of Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of Providence Hospital (now Summit Medical Center in Oakland), Board of Directors of Hanna Boys' Center in Marin County, Chairman of Alameda Park and Recreation Dept., Alameda City Councilmember (1963-1969), Chairman of Alameda County Criminal Justice Planning Board (1971-73), President of Mayor's and Councilmen's League of California Cities and Alameda's first elected mayor serving from 1969 -1976. Some of his proudest work as mayor was defeating the Southern Crossing and in limiting the building and housing density originally proposed for the South Shore "fill" in Alameda and in the Bay Farm Island "Harbor Bay" development, all of which would have had a lasting negative impact on his beloved island home town. Terry loved to swim and to sail. He and his family were members of Encinal Yacht Club from its early days at the foot of Grand Street in Alameda through the 1980's at its current home on the estuary. Terry had a strong Catholic faith and served the St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda for years as an altar boy in his youth and as an adult he was a CCD teacher and RCIA sponsor for many years. Terry was a regular at the annual Palm Sunday weekend retreats at El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos from the time he was in high school.

Terry and Pat moved to Redding, CA in 1988, where he continued his years of
community service, with his wife at his side, by volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Redding providing "Lifeline " installation services to people in need and serving as Vice Chairman for the Mercy Foundation's Board of Trustees ("Trustee Emeritus"). Terry also served as a Eucharistic minister and as Chairman for many annual fundraisers at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Redding.

Despite a career, his endless energy for serving his community in a multitude of ways and raising six daughters, Terry made time for fun and adventure with his loving wife and partner. Throughout his life and especially during retirement, Terry enjoyed family vacations to Lake Tahoe, Carmel, or the Oregon coast, weekend picnics to Mt. Tam or Golden Gate Park, many trips to countries throughout Europe, hikes at Mt. Shasta and Castle Crags and trips to Mexico and various destinations across thcountry. During his adventures, Terry and Pat loved to get of the beaten path and explore.

Terry is predeceased by his loving wife, Pat (2010). Terry is survived by his six
daughters: Connie of Lake Tahoe, Cynthia of Alameda, Kim (Tom Harvey) of Albuquerque, NM, Sharon (James Snider) of Alameda, Kerri (Jim Monninger) of Durham, Becky (Andrew Milani) of Chico, his ten grandchildren: Ashley and Vivia LaCroix, Sam Ben Othman (Monica Steiner), Sam arvey, Amanda Okamoto (Scott Okamoto) and Andrew Snider, Liam and Rory Monninger, Dominic and Brendan Milani, his three great-grand daughters: Citlali LaCroix, Chloe and Lucy Okamoto, his brother Dale LaCroix and his wife Helen of Danville, CA and his brother-in-law, Jerry Young and his wife Dee of Lake Oswego, OR., and his beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.

There will be a memorial service at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 AM followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Terry can be made to the Mercy Medical Foundation - North (www.supportmercynorth.org), El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos (650) 917-4000, or Alameda - Friends of Parks Foundation (alamedaparks.org).

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2013
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