Alvah Watson De Weese III
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Alvah Watson De Weese, III CARLSBAD -- Longtime Carlsbad resident, Alvah Watson De Weese, III, whose passion for scouting and engineering spanned more than five decades, died of melanoma on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. He was born in San Diego on June 12, 1933 to Al De Weese, Jr. and Edith Jessop De Weese. De Weese, who became an Eagle Scout during his youth, was involved in scouting for over 52 years, including 40 years as Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster of Carlsbad Troup 745. Among the positions he held at the council and district levels were Cubmaster, Scout Leader trainer, Camp Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner, National Jamboree Scoutmaster/ Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor, and Eagle Board member. Among the scouting awards, De Weese earned were District Award of Merit, Spirit of Scouting Award, Council Silver Beaver Award and the Woodbadge Training Award. He also served as Lodge, Chapter, and Section Adviser for the Order of the Arrow. He took his undergraduate work at the California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, Calif., where he traveled extensively throughout the Pacific aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. Al loved all types of athletics, becoming a member of the Academy's Athletic Council and Captain of the award winning water polo team. His leadership aptitude and academic and athletic achievements resulted in him being appointed to the position of Battalion Sub-Commander in his senior year. At graduation, he received a Bachelor of Marine Steam, Diesel and Electrical Engineering; a U. S. Coast Guard License as Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Diesel, Unlimited; and a Commission as Ensign, U. S. Naval Reserve. After completing his naval service, he attended the University of California at San Diego and received degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. He later became a State of California Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer. He was also a member of the National Electric Reliability Council. De Weese was employed by San Diego Gas and Electric Company for 36 years, before retiring in 1995. While at SDG&E, he was Engineering Assistant, Engineer, Performance Engineer, Principle Engineer and Plant Performance Supervisor. He served as President of a group of SDG&E retirees, fondly called the Old Timers Club. An accomplished speaker, he was the Lieutenant Governor of The Toastmaster District serving as Able Toastmaster. De Weese volunteered as a judge for the San Diego Science and Engineering Fair for 36 years and also served as Assistant Director of Volunteers for the Acura Classic and Mercury Insurance Open tennis tournaments at the La Costa Resort and Spa. De Weese is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gail; and sons, Alvah, IV (Sher) and Rusty (Lynn); granddaughters, Whitney, Kelsey and Hanna; brothers, Armand (Donna) and Roger (Sandy); and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Email Gail for more information: In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations to the San Diego - Imperial Council Boy Scouts of America or the donor's favorite charity in his memory. "May the great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with you 'till we meet again." Sign the Guest Book online

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Published in North County Times on Sep. 4, 2011.
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September 12, 2011
Gail & family,

Al's canoeing skills and patient teaching methods were such a valuable help with the Water Trek program.

We will miss him.
The High Adventure Team
September 9, 2011
Gail & family,
As you know, Al greatly impacted so many of us. He will truly be missed - but his wonderful Scouting spirit will live on through those he touched & taught. My sons, Kevin & Dan Carey, were in your troop in the early 90s. They often speak fondly of their great Scouting days and Kevin is now sharing so much of what Al taught him with his son, Devin. Thank you both for your generous service to our Scouts - and thank you for sharing Al with us. Know that you all are in our thoughts & prayers.
Mary Carey Mottet, Kevin Carey, & Dan Carey
Mary Mottet
September 9, 2011
Gail & Family - Al was my supervisor at SDG&E in the early to mid 1980's. I remember him as a humble, kind and wise manager. I always enjoyed working him on technical problems or just hearing about his Scouting adventures. Al had a huge impact on many people, including myself, and I know he will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences.
Ron Ishii
September 8, 2011
When I was transferred to Camp Pendleton in 1978 I continued involvement in scouting. Wherever I went in scouting, there was Al with Gail at this side. Al was quiet and unassuming, but energetic and willing to accept multiple roles in scouting. "No" was not in his vocabulary.
Now and in the future as I attend scouting functions I will still see Al sitting there with a smile on his face with his hand up wanting to contribute to the "scouting spirit".
Carry on Al, Dr. Preece
September 8, 2011
Al's faithful service and commitment to Scouting demonstrated to me what it takes to be a servant leader. He would invest in all Scouts and Scouters that he met, his experiences and knowledge in gentle and thoughtful manner. I believe Al did this so that we may grow to become better leaders and faithful in our service. Thank you Al, for your generous gifts of wisdom and for demonstrating your love for people.

Walt Treadwell
Vista Ca
Walt Treadwell
September 7, 2011
Gail and Family,
Al was the first Supervisor I had after joining SDG&E in 1979. I have many fond memories of those years with Al and he was instumental is shaping my future. You are in my thoughts.
Gil Grotta
September 6, 2011
Gail and family,

Al was a wonderful man in all ways. He was an especially great role model for John and Paul during Scouting years. We have terrific memories of camping! Our lives have been enriched knowing Al and we will keep his memory in our hearts.
Carly Poggemeyer
September 6, 2011
Al thank you for all you gave to us.....
and Thank you for always being Gail's right hand man.
What a team.
Much love and my condolences.
Laura Latronica, OWTC
September 5, 2011
Gail and Boys--I send my prayers and thoughts for comfort to all of you. Many happy and fond memories surround all of us at this sad time but leave us with the joy of having known this wonderful man. x0x0x0 AK
September 5, 2011
My sincere condolences to Gail and all of the family. Al was a good friend and co-worker at SDG&E in the 70s. We enjoyed Toastmasters together. A very good person and a good engineer. Al will be greatly missed.
Stephen Zawadzki
September 5, 2011
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim & Florence Smith
September 4, 2011
Al you will be missed immensely by your family and friends! Fondly, Pru Sweeney
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