Fred was born Jan. 1, 1936, a lover of blues, motorcycles, pool halls, fishing, hunting, clam digging and boating. He passed away still loving it all on July 8, 2014, at the age of 78, in Catawba, N.C. The cause was complications of dementia.
He was the youngest of five siblings (May, Lucille, Bill, Charles and foster brother Jimmy Wong) born to Lena and William Owen in Beaver, Ore., and subsequently settled in the Fairfield/Vacaville area, where Fred spent most of his life.
Fred was an entrepreneur before there was such a word – first owning several gas stations and a car wash in Solano and Yolo counties and creating his own trucking business running short and long haul for many years. He did this until his eldest son, Gregory (who began his career in the heating and air conditioning business) convinced him to join him in starting their own construction business together. Little did they realize that by the time Fred retired, they would have built one of the largest heating and air conditioning companies in the state of California.
Upon his retirement, Fred spent most of his time on his boat on Lake Norman with his great-grandchildren. When boating weather was unsuitable, he would enjoy his new hobby – instead of shooting the birds, he now enjoyed watching them from his window.
Fred was in the Korean War for about 24 hours – long enough to step foot on a boat and off when the war ended. It was in the Army that he met and married Delores Miller.
Fred had four children, Janet, Sheri, Gregory and Michael (our beloved brother who is deceased); nine grandchildren, David, Jennifer, Jonathon, Shelly, Christopher, Ryan, Joshua, Tiffany and Spencer; seven great-grandchildren, Alexis, Drew, Austin, Aiden, Alex, Alyssa and Emma.
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today . . . James Dean