Jose J. Yglesias
Aug. 8, 1929 – Jan. 15, 2016
Jose Yglesias of Minden, Nevada passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, January 15, 2016. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., the only child of Maria and Jose Castro Yglesias, who emigrated from the mountains of Galicia, Spain, at the turn of the century. Jose attended St. John’s college High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University of America in 1951. After graduation, he took a job with Vitro Laboratories where he worked for eleven years on classified research for the U.S. government. He was nominated for engineer of the year by the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies and the Washington Academy of Sciences in 1962. After leaving Vitro Lab, he worked for Trident Labs for three years. In 1966 he founded and was Chairman and CEO of Syscon Corporation, a software design firm. By 1986, the company had grown to a publicly-traded corporation that employed over 1,500 people with 35 offices in 23 locations throughout the United States. After Selling Syscon Corporation in 1986, he joined Harnischfeger industries as a Senior Vice President. He was named Hispanic Businessman of the Year in 1987 by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jose served on the board of many associations and companies including HK Systems, the Government Division of the Electronics Industries Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the National Security Industrial Association, and the Navy League. One of his proudest moments was meeting President Ronald Reagan at the White House. Jose married Sandra Furnish in 1990 and moved to Zephyr Cove, Nevada. After his retirement in 1991, he and Sandra enjoyed watching Washington Redskins football, skiing, golfing, and collecting fine wines. In 2000, they built a home in the Carson Valley where he lived until his death. Jose was preceded in death by his parents, his step-daughter Brenda Furnish, and his first wife Magenta. He is survived by Sandra, his wife of 25 years of Minden, Nevada; his five children, Colette Silver of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Caren Livengood, of San Francisco, California, Cathy Ensor of Oxford, Maryland, John Yglesias of Fairfax, Virginia, Paul Yglesias of Easton, Maryland and stepson Floyd Furnish of Ridgecrest, California. He leaves 13 beloved grandchildren: Ian, Hugh, and Magenta Livengood, Nathan, Max, and Jennie Silver, Michael and Katie Ensor, Brandon, Samantha, Diana and Jessica Yglesias, and Craig Black. He also leaves on great granddaughter, Isabella Yglesias. Services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, January 29, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville, Nevada. Burial to follow at Eastside Memorial Cemetery, 1600 Buckeye Road, Minden, Nevada. A viewing will be held at Walton’s Funeral Home, 1521 Church Street, Gardnerville, Nevada on Thursday, January 28, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Final arrangements in the care of Walton’s Funeral Home, Gardnerville, Nevada (775) 783-9312.