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S. CARL HUBER

S. CARL HUBER S. Carl Huber died at home in Apple Valley, California January 10, 2013 at 95 from congestive heart failure. Born June 2, 1917, he lived most of his early life on a sailboat docked in the village of Balboa Island. Summers, his family sailed to Catalina Island. Living on a family sailboat taught Carl, his brother and sister early lessons in self discipline and responsibility that would last a lifetime. During his adolescence in the Pasadena area he became a lover of classical music and was skilled in playing piano and bass. Before the war he played in swing and jazz bands professionally. From an early age he had an ardent interest in radio and electronics. Carl was drafted one month before Pearl Harbor. He played in the Army band, qualified as a sharpshooter and served as a Technical Sergeant in the 570th Signal Company of the 70th Infantry Division in Europe. A skilled radioman, he trained and supervised 40 men operating field radio units. He was awarded a Purple Heart in 1945. After the war he married, started a family and joined Philco Corporation, being involved in the initial marketing of televisions in Southern California. His early years in sales led to stories of driving Route 66 through Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico alone and in all kinds of weather without air conditioning or a cell phone. He advanced to Director of Parts and Service for the western United States. After 25 years Carl retired from Philco and moved to San Jose. There his love of music and sailing resurfaced. He raced his 32 foot sailboat on San Francisco Bay and learned to play the cello. He played with an amateur string quintet and attended San Jose City College, receiving a commendation from the Division of Humanities and Social Science for his efforts reorganizing the college music library. In 1997, after the death of his beloved wife, Carl moved to Jess Ranch in Apple Valley. He continued to play the cello in The Joshua Community Orchestra and on occasion with the Victor Valley College Orchestra under Tom Miller. Carl was also active in Toastmasters and Seniors With Inquiring Minds (S.W.I.M). He served as president of S.W.I.M. for two lively terms from 2000 to 2002. He upgraded and wrote the newsletter, supported closer ties between S.W.I.M. and Victor Valley College and, along with his dear friend Bradley Underhill, created a sound system that more effectively served the membership. Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara and his daughter Karen Gazzaniga. He is survived by his daughters, Ann Fleuret (Jules) and Jocelyn Montgomery (Hank), son Malcolm, his loving companion of ten years, Jean Steele, seven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He will be interred at Mt. View Cemetery in Alta Dena, California beside his wife Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice Program.
Published in the Daily Press on Jan. 17, 2013
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