ANTONIDES, Gene Joseph
Died peacefully on May 13, 2012 after a battle with cancer. Born Oct. 8, 1935 in Pensacola, Fla., he was the son of a naval officer and lived in many places in the country before graduating from high school in Coronado, Calif. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958. Later, he would complete master's degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Michigan and Santa Clara University. After college he moved to California to work as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. He met Sally Parker and they married in 1961. They lived in Saratoga, Calif. for 36 years, where they raised their three children. Some of Gene's passions during this time included running, coaching Little League, gardening, and tutoring his kids in math and physics. Gene and Sally moved to Roseville, Calif. in 1999, where Gene volunteered with the Sun City Roseville Foundation and played tournament softball. He was a member of the 2008 national championship softball team for his age group.
Gene is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally; his three children and their spouses: David Antonides (Gaye VanDiggelen), Jill Antonides (Jorge Rodriguez) and Mark Antonides (Emily Han); five grandchildren; twin brother Gary; sister Mary; and brother Bruce.
A private family memorial will be held at a future date. Donations may be made in his memory to the Sun City Roseville Foundation, P.O. Box 819, Roseville,CA 95678