Franklin Jay Holcomb, born May 1, 1928, to Edgar Jay and Geraldine Ford Holcomb in Massena, New York, passed away on June 15, 2020, at the age of 92. A resident of Livermore since 1968, he was a retiree of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Frank graduated from Massena High School in 1946 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His first Navy assignment was aboard the USS Estes, being retrofitted at Hunters Point, San Francisco, before deployment to Japan and Korea. To him, the Bay Area was paradise. A year later, he was transferred and spent 18 months aboard the USS Hank, based on the East Coast. His final Navy service was as an instructor for the Navy Supply Corps School, then operating out of Athens, Georgia.
His first civilian job was for Gulf Oil at its division office in Philadelphia. Shortly after arriving in Philadelphia in 1956, he met Jeanne Peggs, the girl who would later become his wife. They were married in June, 1958, and moved to Teaneck, New Jersey. While Jeanne taught at Fairlawn High School in Fairlawn, New Jersey, Frank studied for a degree in industrial engineering at Columbia University in New York.
In June, 1959 they moved to Jupiter, Florida, where Frank worked for Pratt & Whitney. In 1963, the family, now with a young son and daughter, moved to Palo Alto, California, where Frank worked for Control Data in software development. Paradise was revisited!
While at Control Data, he attended Stanford University as part of the Honors Cooperative Program. In June, 1967, he received an advanced degree in industrial engineering. A year later, the family moved to Livermore where Frank begin a 25-year career at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
At the LLNL, he worked in Administrative Data Processing, the Budget Office, Plant Engineering, and Lasers, designing and building financial management systems. He was controller of the Nova Laser Construction Project, using a system he installed. After the Nova project, he did financial system planning for the National Ignition Facility, the largest construction project ever undertaken at LLNL.
While at LLNL, he was active in the Toastmaster’s Club, serving a term as president. He was the manager of a Little League Baseball team sponsored by LLNL’s Recreation Association and later served on the LLNL Recreation Association’s Board. After his retirement, he served on the executive board of LLNL’s UNCLE Credit Union. Since 1968. he had been a loyal fan of both the A’s and the Raiders.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne, of Livermore; a son, Steven Holcomb, of San Diego; a daughter, Nancy Thompson (Brad), of Walnut Creek, California; and grandchildren Trevor and Marissa Thompson of Walnut Creek.
Internment was at Memory Gardens in Livermore.