Aug. 23, 1929 — Oct. 8, 2013
Lloyd Roberts passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, at the age of 84. Lloyd was born on Aug. 23, 1929 in Oakland to Radford and Minnie Roberts. He had two sisters: Betty and Marian. Lloyd attended schools in Rodeo and Richmond.
Lloyd served in the Army during the Korean War, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. He earned a degree in civil engineering in 1956 from UC Berkeley. After graduation, Lloyd became a licensed civil engineer, working for four years at a large engineering firm in San Francisco, and for three years as city engineer for the city of Pinole. He and his family moved in 1963 to Davis after he accepted a job offer in Yolo County. His final position was as director of public works and transportation for Yolo County, where he worked for 25 years before retiring.
During his career, Lloyd served as executive director of the Yolo County Aggregate Producers Association, director of the American Public Works Association, president of the Maintenance Superintendents Association of California, and president of the County Engineers Association of California.
Lloyd was married to his first wife, Marilyn, for 26 years, and they had two sons: Keith and Doug. Lloyd was married to his second wife, Rosanne, in 1985, and they enjoyed 28 years together.
Lloyd was an active father in Boy Scouts in the 1970s, and enjoyed golfing. He was an avid model railroader who belonged to the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society, the California State Railroad Museum and the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Project. His model railroad layout was featured in an article he wrote for Model Railroader magazine.
Following his retirement, Lloyd designed and built a house in Grass Valley. In 1989, Lloyd and Rosanne moved into their new home, which hosted many happy family events. In retirement, he and Peter Pettler invented and patented a device for detecting ice on road pavement. Lloyd and Rosanne also traveled: they visited Alaska, the Panama Canal, and 13 European countries. In 2008, health problems forced Lloyd and Rosanne to sell their Grass Valley home. They moved to Davis and then to Woodland.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Rosanne. He is also survived by his sister Marian (Roberts) Seidlitz, son Doug Roberts (Lynda), stepson Paul Bryant (Janet), grandson Jonathan, six step-grandchildren, and multiple step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Betty (Roberts) Coakley, his son Keith H. Roberts (Silvia), and his stepdaughter Claire Findley (Luther).
A celebration of Lloyd’s life will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Stollwood Convalescent Hospital Chapel, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland. Graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Lloyd be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org.