Herman J. Hoffman

Herman Julius Hoffman, 87, passed away Friday, April 4, 2020, in Clovis.

A longtime resident of the Ridgecrest area, he and his wife Dolores, had moved to Clovis in 2017 to be near their two daughters.

Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1934, he had moved to Texas in his early teens, attending Texas Tech College where he received a degree in chemical engineering.

While singing in the choir of the United Methodist Church just off campus, he made friends with a young lady, Dolores, who became his wife.

Immediately after graduation, they moved to China Lake for him to go to work at what was then known as the Naval Ordnance Test Station.

In 1957 he spent two years in the U.S. Army, fulfilling his active-duty obligation, with the majority of the time spent at the Army Biological Weapons Center, Fort Detrick, Md., where he designed instrumentation to support the manufacture of vaccines.

Upon returning to China Lake, Herman continued to work as a research and test engineer at what is now known as the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division for more than 40 years. During that time, he worked on liquid propellants, laser weaponry, missile guidance and as a range test engineer, among many other projects.

Herman was an avid rockhound. He loved roaming the desert looking for treasures, minerals and gems. He enjoyed being a member of the Indian Wells Gem and Mineral Society, working in their shop and helping at the annual Gem and Mineral Show.

Herman is survived by his wife Dolores, daughters Elizabeth Scroggins and Rebecca Black, sister Maude O’Connell, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

— Submitted by the family of Herman Hoffman

Story First Published: 2020-05-22