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Lloyd W. Chamberlain III

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LLOYD CHAMBERLAIN, III MERRITT ISLAND Lloyd William Augustine Chamberlain III, 54, of Merritt Island died Friday, October 24, 2008, in Wuesthoff Hospital. Lloyd was born August 3, 1954, in Washington, D.C., to Lloyd and Loel Chamberlain. He grew up in Wallops Island, VA, and Pocomoke City, MD. In 1972 he graduated from Pocomoke High School, where he was an outstanding left wing on the soccer team. He attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, while participating in a NASA- sponsored Engineering CO-OP program that enabled him to pursue a degree while working part time at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. On September 6, 1975, Lloyd married the love of his life, Marilyn Bozman, also from Pocomoke City, MD. After obtaining his B.S. in computer science in 1977, Lloyd began his full-time career with NASA as Electronics Engineer at its flight facility on Wallops Island, VA. His work with NASA then took him to the Kennedy Space Center and, following a promotion in 1987, Lloyd accepted a position at NASA HQ in Washington, DC. During that time Lloyd lived with his wife and three children in Reston, Sterling and Woodbridge, VA. In 1991 he accepted a new position with the Kennedy Space Center and has lived with his family in Merritt Island since then. During his distinguished career with NASA, Lloyd served as senior manager in the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, providing leadership in development of the Space Station Freedom, a precursor to the International Space Station currently in orbit. He performed many critical roles at the Kennedy Space Center and, for the last several years, assisted NASA's acquisition strategy by serving on several source selections. He served as Deputy Director of the Spaceport Management Office from January 2003 until March 2007. Lloyd received the following awards: August 23, 1994 - Special Act or Service Award, April 22,1995 - NASA Exceptional Service Medal, September 14, 2000 - Special Act or Service Award, September 12, 2008 - Group Special Act Award - Procurement - For outstanding teamwork on the Source Evaluation Board for the Agency wide Protective Services Contract, October 21, 2008 - Group Achievement Award - NASA Protective Service Contract SEB. Lloyd was a valuable community servant of Merritt Island youth sports while his three children participated as active members in softball, soccer, baseball, and football. Lloyd continued his invaluable leadership as a member of Merritt Island High School Principals and Advisory Committee, Soccer Boosters, and Quarterback Club. He served as a president of Merritt Island Highs baseballs Dugout Club for a period of three years. Lloyd completed several facility improvements and initiated baseballs best fundraiser, the Carrabbas Challenger Cookout. He will be sorely missed as a leader and community servant on Merritt Island. As son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Lloyd lived to give. His was a life of love and devotion to his family and friends. Lloyds door was always open as he welcomed family and friends, even strangers, especially in their times of need. The oldest of ten brothers and sisters, Lloyd was 24 years old when his father died in 1979. For the rest of his life, he assumed the role of protector and advisor to his nine siblings. In his younger years, Lloyd enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as playing soccer. As his children grew, he became enthusiastically involved in their activities, in and out of school. Their interests became his interests; their successes were his. He rarely missed a game or performance. He attended all of his sons college baseball games except a double header, which he missed while attending his daughters graduation from pharmacy school. Lloyds love and enthusiasm for his family multiplied with the arrival of grandchildren. His favorite pastimes included going to the movies with his wife, collecting "stuff," and fixing cars and computers. A patriotic American, he supported and had great respect for members of the Armed Forces, working closely at times with Air Force personnel at Canaveral Air Station. He loved his country, proving it even on his last day, by, prior to surgery, posting his absentee ballot for the upcoming election. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Marilyn Chamberlain, of Merritt Island; mother, Loel D. Barnes of Severna Park, MD; mother-in-law, Louise Bozman of Pocomoke City, MD; daughter, Melanie Blawn, PharmD, and husband Michael Blawn of Merritt Island; sons Lloyd Chamberlain IV of Merritt Island, and Daniel Chamberlain and wife Miranda Chamberlain of Oviedo, FL; grandchildren, Liam Blawn, Luke Blawn, and Edmund Chamberlain; siblings, Peggy Sigrist and husband Jeff Sigrist of Pocomoke City, MD, Chris Chamberlain and wife, Tanya Chamberlain of Dumfries, VA, Dr. James Chamberlain and wife Lisa Chamberlain of Arnold, MD, Nick Chamberlain and wife Chrisie Chamberlain of Hebron, MD, Rhonie Wolff and husband Dave Wolff of Chester, MD, Ginny Carey and husband Scooty Carey of Merritt Island, John Chamberlain and wife Mary Chamberlain of Pocomoke City, MD, Celly Evans and husband Curt Evans of Springfield, VA, and Rachel Zabin and husband Doug Zabin of Merritt Island; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and in-laws. Calling hours are Tuesday, October 28, 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m., at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, 1360 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, Florida, 321-452-6565. A wake will follow, with location to be announced. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m., at Our Savior Catholic Church, Cocoa Beach, FL. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the .

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