Rodney Duane Westfall

By May 12, 2011


Rodney Duane Westfall

Oct. 11, 1922 — April 23, 2011

Rodney Duane Westfall passed away in Woodland on April 23, 2011.

Rodney was born in Richards, Mo., on Oct. 11, 1922, the sixth of six children. His family moved from Missouri to California in 1928, settling in Concord, where he attended elementary and high school. He attended UC Berkeley, graduating with a degree in civil engineering. During WWII he served in the U.S. Navy as Staff Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps in the Marshall and Philippine Islands.

On his return to the States he worked on numerous projects for several companies, including East Bay Municipal Utility District, Livermore Radiation Laboratory and flood control districts for both Santa Clara and Fresno counties. In 1958 he became a partner in a consulting firm, Blair-Westfall Associates, then in 1965 began his own company, Westfall Engineers, in Saratoga. Upon his retirement in 1987 he remarried and moved to Columbia, where he and his wife Alice lived until moving to Davis in 2008.

His work did not keep him from enjoying many camping trips and many other activities with his family. In later years he enjoyed writing about and illustrating events, both humorous and serious, remembered from his childhood, college, war service and professional years. These will be a treasured legacy for his children.

Rod was predeceased by his wife Barbara in 1986. He is survived by his children: Heidi Elston of Sequim, Wash., Kimmis Westfall of Chili Camp and Holly Powers of Wallace; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife Alice and step-daughters Rhonda, Marilyn, Janelle and Lisa. He was much loved and will be much missed by his family and his many friends.

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