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Frederick Knoop

Frederick George Knoop Jr. of Carmel, Calif., died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 12. He was 83.

Memorial services will be private.

Born May 22, 1929, in Live Oak, Calif., Fred (”Frosty”) was the son of the late Frederick George Knoop and the late Dorothy Sweeney Knoop Beckwith. His father was a cattle rancher and peach farmer. His mother was a homemaker and philanthropist in later years while residing in San Francisco.

Following college at UC Berkeley, Fred married Grace Elizabeth Gilmore in 1952 and was married to her for 53 years before her passing in 2005. In 2006, Fred married Lynn Heatley Brown and moved to Carmel, Calif.

Fred was a devoted husband, father and step-grandfather throughout his life. Fred was a director of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association and was a director and/or member of numerous other organizations.

Fred purchased Loma Rica Ranch in Grass Valley in 1963 and developed the operation to an internationally recognized thoroughbred training farm, which yielded many record-holding racehorses.

Fred was an excellent horseman, a skilled pilot and a fearless race car driver. His race car passion began on the Monterey Peninsula in the early 1950s. He left his mark on the race course through the Del Monte Forest until the races were moved to Laguna Seca in 1957. He participated at Laguna Seca in the historic races every summer that he could with his last lap on the track this past January in the Knoop-Mann Special. Fred was recently honored by the racing community on the final Sunday of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 19, 2012.

Surviving Fred is his loving wife, Lynn Knoop; his four children, Frederick “Rick” W. Knoop (Cydette) of Laguna Niguel, Laura King Pfaff (Rick) of San Francisco, Robert G. Knoop of Indian Wells and Katherine Knoop Beem (Dave) of Fallbrook.

Additional survivors are Fred’s stepchildren Leslie Brown Mack of Long Island, N.Y., her children James and William; Tracy Brown Goodsel (Kerry) and their children Charles and Grace of Reno, Nev. He also leaves his cousins Launce Gamble and George Gamble and their families. Lastly, he leaves his beloved Abby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


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