Obituary: Forrest Louis Fackler
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Forrest Louis Fackler
Forrest Louis Fackler

Forrest Louis Fackler

Oct. 25, 1925 to Oct. 11, 2013

A memorial service will be held Saturday for 50-year Scotts Valley resident Forrest Louis Fackler who died peacefully this month. He was 87.

Mr. Fackler was born in Seattle, Wash. to Forrest and Maude Fackler and the family moved to Oakland.

He graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1943 and he entered the Naval Officers Training Program and went to University of California, Berkeley. He received his commission as Ensign, USNR in 1946 and graduated with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering in 1948.

Mr. Fackler served as a division officer in the Engineering Department during his tour of duty until late 1952, and continued as inactive Navy reserve until he retired in 1985 with the rank of Lt. Commander in the reserves.

Mr. Fackler married Carolyn in September 1949 at the Rockridge United Brethren Church in Oakland. They were married for 60 years before Carolyn died in 2009.

In 1952 Mr. Fackler was hired as assistant engineer in the UC Berkeley Architects and Engineers Office during which time their three daughters Mary, Alyce and Rebecca were born.

The University of California was planning a campus at Santa Cruz in 1962 and Mr. Fackler was hired by founding chancellor Dean McHenry as campus engineer to work with Campus Architect Jack Wagstaff.

Mr. Fackler contributed to the campus by fostering a culture of energy and water conservation. In recognition of his achievements, the Regents of the University of California approved the naming of the central heating plant the F. Louis Fackler Cogeneration Plant.

During his life Mr. Fackler  served as drive chairman and president of the Northern Santa Cruz County United Fund, President of the Santa Cruz Kiwanis Club and Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Division 24, moderator of the First Congregational Church and President of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the UC Berkeley Alumni Club.

In retirement, Mr. Fackler researched his family history and self-published four books and an overview book of the families of his four grandparents.

Family said Mr. Fackler’s greatest contribution was the love and nurture given to his family for all of his life.

He is survived by daughters Mary Fackler Derringer of Salt Lake City, Utah; Alyce Fackler Meyer and husband Jon; and Rebecca Fackler McDermott and husband Jeff of Santa Cruz; four grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Fackler.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean Street with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, family asks contributions in memory of Lou Fackler be made to Brook Knoll Elementary School, Carolyn Fackler Computer Center, 151 Brook Knoll Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, or your favorite charity.

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