Lives Lived: Dave Uimari
Dave Uimari, a Grass Valley resident and owner and operator the Computer Learning Center in Grass Valley, died Feb. 11 in Corona, Calif. He was 71.
A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.
Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Grass Valley.
He was born in Marquette, Mich. on April 5, 1938, and grew up in Waukegan, Ill., where he graduated from high school.
Mr. Uimari was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in the second year of its existence. He later graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
He and his family moved to Raleigh, N.C., in 1963, where he worked for Corning Glass Electronics. During that time, he earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State University.
Mr. Uimari also worked for Harris Electronics in Melbourne, Fla., where he helped introduce many innovative semiconductor products that were instrumental in the development of today’s computer industry.
He moved to California in 1972 and held various management positions with several leading semiconductor companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Uimari began teaching as a second career in the late 1980s and pursued it full time after his arrival in the Grass Valley area in 1994, culminating in his purchase and operation of the Computer Learning Center in 1998.
Throughout his life, Mr. Uimari was very active in sports, playing football at the Air Force Academy and participating in basketball and baseball in both semi-professional and municipal leagues. He coached in several youth programs in a variety of sports. He was an active member of the Sierra Outdoor Sports Club, where he participated in tennis, golf, hiking, biking and skiing.
He is survived by his children, Laura Guerrero and Michael Uimari of San Jose and Paul Uimari of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Rachel Guerrero, Ryan Guerrero, Kayla Uimari and Brenna Uimari, and great-grandson, Tyler Donaldson; siblings, Bill Uimari of Waukegan, Ill., and Veronica Fratus of Paradise, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Uimari, in 1995.
Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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