Gene Francis Foster
Gene Francis Foster, also known as Pa Pa Gene, passed away Feb. 6, 2008. Gene moved to South Lake Tahoe from Fresno in 1964, built his home on Hazel Dr., and brought his wife, Mayedell, who predeceased him in 1983, up to live in his beloved mountains.
Gene was a veteran of WWII and served our country in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific.
Gene was a carpenter and builder for Fleetline Homes and later in his carreer retired as a cabinet installer with a shop in Meyers. He installed custom built cabinets in homes all over the Lake Tahoe, Woodfords, and Carson Valley areas.
Gene was a member of Carpenters Union Local No. 1789 for 44 years. He was active in the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1632 as well as American Legion Post 795.
Gene, who loved everyone he met, was a great outdoorsman. He fished, archery hunted and taught many people, young and old alike, to shoot “Bear Bow Archery.” Gene looked forward to his annual archery hunting trip to the Jensen Ranch in Utah, and the many archery shoots up and down California, not to mention “The Gene Foster Traditional Rendezvous Shoot” at the Fresno Field Archery Range in November of each year.
Gene was born in Covelo, Calif., Jan. 20, 1924. He is survived by his extended family of friends, who all considered him “Pa Pa Gene” and numerous nieces and nephews of his deceased eight siblings.
Gene requested no services, but wishing a memorial camp out at “Deer Camp” on Tamarack Ridge in the Sierra Range outside Fresno. A weekend camp out will be announced at a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Moose Lodge 1632, 961 Eloise Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 or to the Hospice of Lake/Valley, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd. No 500, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
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