Lives Lived: Eugene Walsh |

Lives Lived: Eugene Walsh

Eugene George “Gene” Walsh died Jan. 21 of carcinoid cancer at home with his family. He was 85.

No service was held, but family and friends around the world toasted Mr. Walsh with a chocolate malt on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. PST, in an International Worldwide Chocolate Malt Memorial. Those who knew him well understand how appropriate this was.

He was born Aug. 16, 1924 (08/16/1924 being a great day for a mathematician) in Detroit, to Raymond and Emily Walsh.

He married Helen Moody on July 5, 1946.

Mr. Walsh graduated in 1946 from Michigan State University, where he was a varsity diver and earned a master’s degree in mathematics. Many children, teenagers and college students can attest to his generosity in offering help on math homework to anyone who rang the doorbell.

In 1957, he moved to Southern California, where became a rocket scientist. He worked on many aspects of computers in the space and defense industry, including satellites, space shuttles and the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

After retirement, Mr. Walsh joined family in the Lake Wildwood (LWW) area in 1992.

Mr. Walsh was a quiet but steadfast presence in the volunteer community, from teaching Lake Wildwood Water Otters to dive to assisting with the Pleasant Valley School math team. He drove children on field trips, worked in the computer labs, volunteered at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (primarily in the radiation oncology department), and served on the LWW recreational committee, LWW community relations committee and with the LWW security volunteers.

He also worked with immigrants helping them to practice their English.

Mr. Walsh was diagnosed with untreatable carcinoid cancer in June 2006. He significantly outlived the odds he was given and did it in his style, living his normal life every day until he died. His great sense of humor was intact until the very end.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife, Helen; children and their spouses, Lynda Walsh, Gregg and June Walsh, Patrice Walsh and Mark Steinke, and Matt and Adria Hahn; nine grandchildren, including Amanda, Marlee and Aubrey Hahn (formerly of Penn Valley); two great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends.

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