December 9, 2013
Ralph Tarter passed away Nov. 29, 2013.
Services took place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Roseville, Calif.
Ralph was born Dec. 7, 1934, in Somerset, Ky. After serving in the Army, Ralph graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BSEE in 1958 and moved with his new bride to Anderson, Ind., where he worked for the Delco-Remy Division of General Motors. In 1965, the couple moved to Richardson, Texas, where Ralph worked for the Biometric Division of Varo Semiconductor, then to La Jolla, Calif., in 1968, when Ralph took a position as director of New Product Development for Topaz Electronics. While living in La Jolla, the family was very active in Torrey Pines Christian Church, where Ralph was a deacon.
The family moved to Saratoga, Calif., in 1974, when Ralph joined a start-up, Radiologic Sciences. He later worked for Applied Technologies and SLAC, before retiring in 1998. He wrote two textbooks on solid state power conversion and received numerous patents.
Ralph traveled extensively during his military service and later with his wife, Marjorie, visiting four continents, 22 countries, all 50 states and most of the national parks. His other hobbies included bridge, achieving Bronze Life Master status, genealogy, boating and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marjorie Tarter; his devoted children, Kimberly Carroll and Jeffrey Tarter; and his beloved grandchildren, Ryan Tarter, Shannon Carroll, Jordan Offutt, Clare Carroll and Sarah Tarter.
He is preceded in death by his father, William Lester Tarter; mother Lelia Jarrett Anderson; and daughter Valerie Offutt.
Highly regarded by colleagues, cherished by friends and loved by family, Ralph will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills – Friends of Hospice Pave the Way, P.O. Box 81, Nevada City, CA 95959.