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Leon (Bud) FISKE

FISKE, Leon (Bud) Bud Fiske passed away peacefully, February 3, 2018. He lived with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease for many years, and participated in a UC Davis Alzheimer's disease study until the end of his life. Bud was born in Annapolis, Maryland on January 19, 1930, son of Leon S. Fiske and Marjorie Ferris Fiske. Growing up in a Navy family, he had many changes of address and attended quite a few schools, but completed all four years at Coronado High School in Coronado, CA. Bud earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Hawaii, and a Master's Degree in Financial Management from George Washington University in Washington DC. Bud had a distinguished 30 year career in the United States Navy, following in the footsteps of his father. He joined ROTC as a teen, then the Navy, retiring in 1977 with the rank of Captain. He served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War in DaNang as a Supply Corp Officer. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star medal. Other duty stations included Hawaii, Washington DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area at Treasure Island and Mare Island Naval Shipyard. It was during one of his tours of duty in Hawaii that Bud met the former Adrienne Smith of Forestville, CA. They were married in the Naval Chapel at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. Coming to the Valley of the Moon in 1985, Bud and Adrienne made their home in Sonoma, and Bud began a new career in real estate. He was very active in the Sonoma community, serving on the city's Design Review Commission, volunteering for the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, and driving for Friends In Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.), which he especially enjoyed, and talked about long after he lost his ability to drive. Bud actively supported and opposed various local political campaigns and initiatives over the years. He made many connections and friends. Bud loved the outdoors and maintained his passion for sailing after the Navy, buying a sailboat with friends and spent many weekends and holidays sailing the San Francisco Bay. An avid hiker and backpacker, he trekked all over California and the Western States with family and friends. He summited Mt. Whitney in California twice, the last time when he was 68 years old. His favorite hike in Sonoma in his later years was the Overlook Trail, taking his last hike at age 85. Bud lived the ideal of an "officer and a gentleman", always a gracious host, quick with a welcoming smile, a hearty handshake and a big hug. We will forever miss his enthusiasm for telling a story, a joke, funny nicknames, and the loving care he gave to his family and friends. Bud is survived by his wife of 55 years, Adrienne, son John Fiske of Berkeley; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and Ali Alladin of Berkeley; granddaughters Lynnea, Taylor, and Saher and grandson Riyaz; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Cathy and Jim Smith of Forestville; brother-in-law Carl Jackson of Santa Rosa; nieces Julianne Cross, Nancy Hall, and Niki Rainwater, and nephew Michael Smith; and many cousins, second cousins, grand nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to celebrate a Memorial Mass at St. Leo's Catholic Church, 601 Agua Caliente Rd, Sonoma, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:00 a/m. Reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends In Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.), P.O. Box 507, Sonoma, CA 94576 or the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, c/o University of California Regents, 4860 Y Street, Suite 3900, Sacramento, CA 95817.
Published in the Sonoma Index-Tribune from Mar. 6 to Mar. 10, 2018
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