Aug. 10, 1931 - July 22, 2017
Edward L. Gelbach, 85, of Los Altos, died July 22, 2017 in his home. His wife, Dianne, was by his side.
Ed was born in Michigan, and graduated from Poly High School in 1949. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and served in Korea until 1954. Ed graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC in 1958.
During college Ed worked summers as a lifeguard at Long Beach. He always said that if he could’ve made enough money, he would’ve stayed with it. Ed’s serious career was spent in the electronics and semiconductor industries. In the late 50s he worked at both American Electronics and General Electric. At Texas Instruments in the mid 1960s Ed became the Manager of Marketing for the US. He was at TI until 1971 when Andy Grove of Intel Corp. heard about him and hired him to reset, build and run the Sales and Marketing organization. Ed played a pivotal role growing the microprocessor business that put Intel on its path to success. He retired from the company in 1985 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Ed leaves his wife, Dianne, and his three children, Tracy, Tom, and Doug, from his marriage to Sandra Overton, all living in the Bay Area. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Mitch, Kevin, Monica, Nicholas, Griffin, Nate and Elliot and his stepson, Adam Wies, of Portland, Oregon. Ed was an avid reader of non-fiction and loved war documentaries. He was a dog lover and leaves his Siberian Husky/Pit Bull, Duke, whom he loved to distraction. Among his other interests: a party, and puttering -- he understood how everything worked and could fix it all. He had extremely high energy and loved people and people just gravitated toward him.
There will not be a funeral service, but a party in celebration of Ed’s life is being planned.