Born 3/24/1961 in Berkeley | Deceased 7/18/13
Mel is survived by his immediate family- father, Herbert M. Gaarder, JR. of Truckee, mother, Dorothy Earlene Jones, San Rafael, brother, Jeffery D. Gaarder, sister –in-law Carolyn Gaarder and niece Zoe Gaarder of Bainbridge Is, Seattle, Washington.
He passed away peacefully in the Truckee hospital intensive care unit from a lung and breathing disorder.
Mel lived most of his life in Marin County and attended College of Marin and studied electronics, transferred to the California State University, Sacramento and studied electrical engineering and computer science. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at CSUS.
He worked several seasons on a salmon fishing vessel, The Woodbine in Alaskan waters out of Naknak. In 1987 he moved to Truckee to be with his father and worked seasonally in the ski industry. He was an expert skier and a skilled mechanic installing engines in 4-wheel drive Subarus.
His uncle Syd Gaarder was a member of the University of Chicago, the technical team, The Manhattan project, that helped develop the atomic bomb. He had a life-long career with the Atomic Energy Commission of the US Department of Energy.
Mels father, Herbert, Jr is a graduate of the University of Illinois with BS in chemistry, now retired from Stauffer Chemical Company. His mother retired recently as community relations officer, College of Marin.
Brother Jeffery, graduated with a MS in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is now an environmental engineer, recently appointed; northwestern states district manager of the world-wide environmental firm Conestoga Rovers, Inc. Canada.
Future memorial services are private and family only. Contact information: Gaarder, Po Box 2601, Truckee, Ca 96160