Feb. 20, 1946 - May 15, 2019
A California native, Neil grew up in Castro Valley. He graduated from Castro Valley High School, and earned a B.A. in Industrial Arts and his teaching credential from San Jose State. Neil taught at Sunset High in Hayward, Hayward High, and Granada High in Livermore. He took great pride in the fact that he, a close friend and PG&E developed the Sunset Energy Center in the early 1980s. The program earned number one in the state and number two in the nation.
Neil loved family, skiing, Tahoe, dancing and racing. He was one of a few original families to start the Tri-Valley Quarter Midget Club and built the racetrack for children in Livermore.
Neil is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, devoted children Eric and Brian of Livermore, Brian’s girlfriend Nicole, and his granddaughter Hunter. He is also survived by his sister Joyce of Nevada City, his brother in love Bob Yates of Volcano, his sister in law Debra Fox of Scottsdale, Ariz., sister in law Doreen Yates of Auburn, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.
A day of remembrance of his life will be held at the ranch. Memorial donations may be made to the Tri-Valley Retired Educators Scholarship Fund, 1792 Old Tower Rd., Livermore, CA 94550.