Alan Joseph Hugo

Alan Joseph HugoAlan Joseph Hugo, 86 of Roseville, California, formerly of Ridgecrest, CA, passed

away of natural causes on Sept 11, 2020. Alan was born on Oct. 15, 1933 at Stanford University Hospital, California to Merrill and Marie Hugo. After graduating from Mountain View High school, Alan earned a degree from San Jose State and went on to complete

a masters degree in Physics at University of California Berkeley. While there, he lived at International House where he met Sylvia Knowlton. In 1957, Alan took his first job out of college at the Naval Ordnance Test Station (today the Naval Air Weapons Station) at China Lake, California. Alan and Sylvia were married July 13, 1958 at the Cal Berkeley Newman Center. He told Sylvia China Lake was a good place to start and they would stay five years. He retired 40 years later. His early years he spent working on rockets and rocket propulsion - actual rocket scientist. Later he worked in weapons planning and in analyzing research operations. Much of what he did is still classified with only hints of its importance to the national interest.

He was made a lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), formerly the American Rocket Society. In 1993 he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

In retirement he enjoyed cycling and hiking. He completed many century rides all over the west coast. He and Syliva traveled to many places visiting friends and family. Perhaps the thing he enjoyed the most in retirement was spending time at the cabin near Lake Tahoe. Alan spent many happy years being “mayor” of the Firs Cabin Tract.

Alan was a wonderful husband and father. He will be missed by all. Left to cherish is memory are his wife Syliva of 62 years, children, Paul Hugo, Louise Hogan, Anne Lovell, MIke Hugo and Billy Hugo, and grandchildren, Melody White, Molly Ritter, Alice Bode, Peter Hogan, Thomas Lovell, Matt Lovell, Ronan Hugo and Noella Hugo, as well as one great granddaughter, Lara White.

A live-stream funeral Mass will be held Oct. 3, 2020 at 11am. Live-stream link:

— Submitted by the family of Alan Hugo

Story First Published: 2020-09-25