Fredric Fajen |

Fredric Fajen

Fredric Earl Fajen passed away after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Oakland, Calif, surrounded by family. He was 77.

Two memorial services are being planned for Fred. The first one will be 6:30 p.m. on July 11 at Bayside Park Assisted Living Facility in Emeryville, Calif.; a second service will be at 10 a.m. on July 20 at the First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.

He was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Liberal, Kan., and grew up in Guymon, Okla. Fred was valedictorian of Guymon High School’s class of 1954. He studied at Oklahoma University, where he met his wife, Sue Paschall. They were married in May of 1960. Fred was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and he also served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Oklahoma University and practiced in Los Alamos, N.M., until 1970. He then practiced in Santa Barbara, Calif., until 2001 and as a part-time consultant during his retirement.

Fred cared deeply about the world and spent time involved in organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he was on the board, and the Boy Scouts, where he served as a Scout master. While he was a man of science, he was also a man of deep faith. Fred was a very active member of the First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara and later of the Unity Church in Grass Valley during his retirement.

Fred was an excellent golfer, which he played passionately throughout his entire life, almost always maintaining a handicap in the single digits. Fred also enjoyed traveling the world, hiking in the back country of California and engaging in deep philosophical discussions with his close friends. What he enjoyed most, though, was spending time with his family, who now live in Northern California and Oregon. He spent most of the past two-and-a-half years, with the help of his family, lovingly supporting his wife of 53 years after she suffered a stroke.

Fred is survived by his wife, Sue; his brother, Don; his four children and their families Mike and Adrienne, Ben and Robert, Joe and Laura and Suzanne and Michael; and his six grandchildren Drew, Elise, Hannah, Nathan, Kevin and Jayden.

In lieu of flowers, a tax deductible donation can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe.

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