Our beloved father, Vernon Gabriel Price, passed away peacefully the morning of November 30, 2016 in Los Altos, California. He was 92 years young and a resident of Los Altos since 1960.
Vernon was born on October 15, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Charles Eton and Renee Lola Felt Price. He grew up in a happy home, along with three brothers and two sisters. During World War II, Vernon served in the U.S. Navy where he worked on airborne electronics and radar systems. Afterward he received his BS/MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah and continued his education at Stanford University. Vernon married his sweetheart Patricia Forbush on September 1, 1948 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. They spent several years in Salt Lake, Coeur d’Alene, San Diego, and Palo Alto before settling into their ranch home in Los Altos. In 1962 he joined the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) as a microwave engineer, and then worked as manager of accelerator operations for many years. Vernon was a Life Senior Member of IEEE and served as the membership chair, where he enthusiastically promoted and encouraged membership in NPSS and other societies in the IEEE organization. He was also an amateur ham radio operator since he was fourteen (W6RRK, then AI6VP after taking the Extra Class). Vernon was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and truly enjoyed attending services every Sunday. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by those who knew his warmth and kindness. His family never knew a day without his love, since he showed it with every word and action. Goodbyes could include a cheery “Thanks for calling!” or an “I love you” in morse code while holding your hand. He is survived by his children Gayle Price, Mary Price, Karen Zensius, Judy Miller, Paul Price, Martha Siegel, and Gwen McLean; their spouses; his nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beautiful wife, Patricia, and their eldest son, Steven. Memorial and burial services have been held. Internment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California.