Ernest Mason Card Jr., one of the founders of Paradise Valley Estates, died there on Aug. 22 at 98. Known to family and friends as Bud, he is remembered best by neighbors as an iris gardener, bridge player and dancing partner.
Card was born in Tacoma, Wash., on April 24, 1915. He earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in New York. After serving as a lieutenant colonel in the 6th Army’s Transportation Branch during World War II, he eventually retired as a full colonel from the Army Reserves in 1968.
Before moving to Fairfield in 1997, he and his wife Marion resided in Saratoga, Calif., for 50 years, where they raised their four daughters and were active in the community. He was a high school district trustee, a docent at Hakone Gardens, a member of the Saratoga Men’s Club and helped establish the Sister City program with Muko, Japan.
Most of his professional career was spent at FMC Corp. in San Jose, where he supervised the Central Engineering Laboratories and also served as a personnel manager and product safety manager.
An avid traveler and supporter of student exchanges, Card toured most of Europe, Scandinavia, Egypt, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
After Marion’s death in 2002, he married Phyllis Anderson of San Francisco, a former high school classmate. She died in 2009.
Card is survived by daughters, Carol Moore of Vacaville, Ashley Williams of Punta Gorda, Fla., Janice Parker of Davis and Melinda Dittman of Napa; sons-in-law John E. Parker Sr. and Dr. Stanley Dittman; and grandsons, Derek and Tyler Dittman.
Inurnment is at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Paradise Valley Estates Benevolence Fund or a charity of your choice.