GORDON B. CHAMBERS
Gordon B. Chambers, CMS, passed away peacefully at Marian Medical Center, CCU surrounded by family and close friends on July 28, 2009, after a short illness. Mr. Chambers was born in Sacramento, CA and graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School and attended Sacramento City College. After serving his country in the U.S. Army he graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and settled in Santa Maria, CA to raise his family. Mr. Chambers was preceded in death by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Clara M. (Souza) Chambers in September 2007. Mr. Chambers is survived by 3 children, Donald G. Chambers and wife Frances, Nancy A. Grant and husband Rick and Ronald N. Chambers all of Santa Maria; and his niece Jean M. Gracia and husband Jim of Santa Maria who was counted among one of his children. He is also survived by his sister, Carol J. Crespo of Sacramento and brother, Lee W. Chambers of Ashland, VA and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his very special friend, Elsie Neves of Nipomo, who brought much joy to his life and was a constant companion and never left his side in his illness. Mr. Chambers retired from Martin Marietta at Vandenberg AFB after more than 30 years of employment. He was a past International President of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society; served at all levels of California Association of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society; was a member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge Number 1538 and was the Wagon Master of the Elk's Traveleers. Mr. Chambers was also very involved in Boy Scouts in his youth and was a Cub Scout Master of Troop 78 of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic School. Gordon attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a member of the choir and was a member of the Cabrillo Club. He was also involved in many other civic organizations. Mr. Chambers enjoyed traveling and enjoyed many trips by land, air and sea. One of Mr. Chambers' great joys was traveling in his motor home and his last trip was to Morro Bay with dear friends. He was amongst the last of the "Good-guys" and was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. He enjoyed working on many projects and was skilled in many talents including wood-working, metal fabrication, electrical and heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration. Gordon enjoyed air travel of any kind - in his younger years he enjoyed building model air planes and prior to his retirement worked on obtaining his private pilot's license. In addition to his wife, Mr. Chambers was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Goldie Chambers of Sacramento. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society - Kellow Fund, 1666 Rand Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016-3552; Marian Medical Center Foundation, 1400 E Church St, Santa Maria, CA 93454 ; Elks Traveleers - Lodge Number 1538, 1309 N. Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454; Cabrillo Club c/o Elsie Neves, 873 Hibiscus Ct., Nipomo, CA 93444 or a charity of your choice. Services will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 298 S. Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444. Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. with recitation of The Holy Rosary at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 2nd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 A.M. Private Inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
Mortuary & Crematory
Published in Santa Maria Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2009.