Fred Whitford |

Fred Whitford

Fred William Whitford died Thursday, Jan. 30., at home in Nevada City. He was 84.

In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held.

Fred was born in Grass Valley to Bill and Marie Rondeau Whitford and was a lifetime resident of Grass Valley, graduating from Grass Valley High School in 1935.

After graduation, Mr. Whitford went to work for the Empire Mine.

He joined the U.S. Navy, served in the South Pacific during World War II, and was discharged as a Bosman Mate First Class.

After the war, Mr. Whitford attended the University of Nevada in Reno, where he received a degree in mining engineering.

He married Hazel Thomas of Nevada City in Reno in 1940.

Mr. Whitford worked as a mining engineer all over the United States, including the states California, Colorado and Georgia. He was head engineer on many projects.

A lifelong golfer, Mr. Whitford was also an avid gardener who was especially fond of dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons.

He and his wife built their own home with the help of friends and were one of the original families to settle on Banner Mountain.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pat Whitford of Bozeman, Mont.; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Terry Saliger of Citrus Heights; sister, Juanice Thomas of Grass Valley; and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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