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CARL EXSELSEN

Carl Hayward Exselsen died peacefully June 19 at his home in Lake of the Pines. He was 92.

A celebration of his life will be held in August with family and close friends at the home of his daughter. He will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the ocean.

Mr. Exselsen was born May 5, 1916, in Chicago, Ill., to Carl L.V. Exselsen and Louise Marvin Helmbold. He attended Hockley Prep School in New York, Tri State University in Indiana and California Tech in Pasadena. He served as a Naval Officer in World War II and was stationed in Brazil and the Philippines. He maintained airplane engines for Navy bombers. He married Nora Lorraine Scanlan on Oct. 16, 1945, in Jacksonville, Fla.



Mr. Exselsen worked for Ford Motor 6 in Detroit, Mich., and General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1957 he moved his family to California and went to work for Lockheed Martin as an areospace engineer, working on the Polaris missile, spy in the sky satellite, mercury project and Hubble telescope.

He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and enjoyed restoring classic cars, reading, golf, swimming and scuba diving.




Mr. Exselsen is survived by his son, Carl L. Exselsen of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Mary A. and Richard LeClaire of Weimar; granddaughter, Heather Dinsmore of Solano Beach; grandson, Damon Conn of Auburn, and great-granddaughters Haley, Grace, Ellery and Ava.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora (Pat) Exselsen; father, Carl L.V. Exselsen and mother, Louise Marvin Exselsen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.


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