Terry Lynn Favello

In loving memory of Terry Lynn Favello. Terry Lynn Favello was born on May 8, 1958 and passed away November 16, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Raymond LeRoy Wynne

In loving memory of Raymond LeRoy Wynne. Raymond LeRoy Wynne was born on November 10, 1921 and passed away November 12, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Laura Driller

In loving memory of Laura Driller. Laura Driller was born on August 30, 1920 and passed away November 13, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Dorothy Laverne Scott

In loving memory of Dorothy Laverne Scott. Dorothy Laverne Scott was born on July 21, 1930 and passed away November 16, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

June Sylvia Reino

In loving memory of June Sylvia Reino. June Sylvia Reino was born on June 27, 1923 and passed away November 14, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Carmel Joseph Espinoza

In loving memory of Carmel Joseph Espinoza. Carmel Joseph Espinoza was born on November 5, 1945 and passed away November 16, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Steven Dale Sprenger

In loving memory of Steven Dale Sprenger. Steven Dale Sprenger was born on February 21, 1959 and passed away November 16, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Donald Harvey Millenson

Donald H. Millenson

1925-2017

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​The story goes that in the 1950s, as a handsome young father, Don watched a television special about the “automobiles of tomorrow” with his daughter, Laura, who recalls his excitement at the futuristic prospect of driverless cars. Throughout his life, Don looked expectantly to “the way of the future” and relished the present moment (especially when it included lox and bagel, or an episode of Laugh In); but he often reminded his children that “the past is the past.”

And the past is this: Matthew and Rose Millenson of Denver, CO, likely encouraged their middle son’s curiosity and recognized his intellectual talents. So did the US Navy. After Donald graduated from high school at age 17, he enlisted as a US Navy Apprentice Seaman assigned to the V-12 training unit. After sending him to Naval Air Primary Training and pre-flight school, the Navy sent Don to Duke University to complete his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. When WWII ended, Don served in the US Navy Reserve before returning home to work as a chemical plant production supervisor and to date his hometown sweetheart, Marlene.

In their first year of marriage, the couple relocated briefly to Kansas before settling in Albuquerque, NM, where daughter Laura was later born. From 1951-1953, Don worked for Sandia Corporation (now Sandia National Laboratories) as a development engineer designing mechanical components for atomic weapons. Decades later, touring the nuclear museum near Sandia with one of his grandsons, Don stopped at a large display and said calmly, “Oh—I built that.”

In 1953, Sperry Gyroscope recruited Don, so the family relocated to Long Island, NY, where son Jeffrey was born the following year. Development engineer by day and Brooklyn Polytechnic graduate student by night, Don earned his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Armed with new qualifications and experience, in 1956 Don accepted a senior engineer position with American Bosch Arma Corp. to conduct both advanced research and special tests related to navigation. In 1957, Don ascended the ladder again, this time to project engineer for American Machine and Foundry Co., designing state-of-the-art instrument mounts for missile and satellite tracking. Meanwhile, the family also enjoyed the latest technology (black-and-white television, “hi-fi” stereo, and fancy kitchen appliances).

When Don accepted his next position as design project engineer for the Hamilton Standard Division of United Aircraft Corporation, the Hartford Times reported “Missile Engineer Joins Hamilton” (now a yellowed clipping from 1958). By the time daughter Andrea arrived, Don was well established in his field.

In 1961, Don leaped into the exciting space age, taking his family from Connecticut to California—near Disneyland!—to work for the Apollo space missions on projects such as the Saturn space vehicle. Because of a system Don had developed for computer-automated drafting of hand-drawn schematics (the early days of CAD), the Apollo program saved over $140,000 (of which Don earned a $6,000 bonus) and NASA published a Tech Brief on his technique. Not surprisingly, the family often visited the original Disneyland. Don’s favorite area was Tomorrowland, but much to his children’s annoyance, his attention was often diverted by the live mermaids at the Submarine Voyage ride. Hollywood also beckoned: one day, Don and Marlene drove to LA to be contestants on a short-lived TV game show, Your Surprise Package, and won a king-sized bed, golf clubs, and a movie camera—a lucky moment.

Don’s aerospace career alternately soared and crashed in the volatile ’60s and early ’70s. After the end of his marriage in 1971, Don left the defense industry to become the senior CAD expert with Century Data under whose auspices Don  and 11 other delegates ventured to China for three weeks in 1980, part of a technical exchange program originated by President Eisenhower to further international understanding and goodwill among science and technology professionals. Always the punster, Don later described Beijing as “the city of Amazing Grays.”

While he admired Chinese antiquities, Don’s fascination with the future never waned, especially when the stuff of dreams became reality: the Internet and hybrid cars, flat screens and missions to Mars. He and his lovely wife, Shigeyo, together for 40 years, lived a good life in Southern California, not far from the ocean they both loved. After Don retired, they enjoyed traveling, cooking, taking classes (she learned English and hula; he tried to learn Japanese and mastered the art of bunka embroidery). They also taught Origami classes to children, visited and hosted Don’s children and grandchildren, and watched Korean video serials. True to his competitive nature, Don joined a poker club in his eighties and won the Leisure World Texas Hold ’Em tournament—one of his proudest accomplishments!

Don’s children and grandchildren have inherited his love for great books, his intelligence, and his sharp wit (“Dad” jokes abound). Like him, they love to cook (and eat!), create and fix things, and win at cards. Don’s successes supported not only his own hobbies (woodworking, gardening, inventing) and recreation (playing tennis, deep-sea fishing) but also his children’s varied interests. He may not always have understood or approved their choices, but he was proud of their accomplishments.

At age 92, Don had outlived his parents, his two brothers (Morton and Henry), and granddaughter (Jessica Paine). Today he is fondly remembered and sorely missed by his wife, Shigeyo; his three children (Laura Paine of Queensland, Australia; Jeffrey Millenson of Foster City, CA; and Andrea Penner, of Albuquerque, NM) and five grandchildren (Gabriel, Benjamin, and Nicholas Paine; Erin Gallegos, and Avram Penner, and their families). His great grand-children (Savannah, Sullivan, Harrison, Asher, and Amelie) will learn of his passions, successes, and failings from the many family stories that survive. Someday they, too, will know how to make the world’s best blintzes.

You embraced the future, Dad. May we do the same.

Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Patricia Ann Tillstrom

In loving memory of Patricia Ann Tillstrom. Patricia Ann Tillstrom was born on January 30, 1931 and passed away November 12, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Frank Lopez Albillar

In loving memory of Frank Lopez Albillar. Frank Lopez Albillar was born on December 19, 1931 and passed away November 10, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

William Brad Lucas

In loving memory of William Brad Lucas. William Brad Lucas was born on March 8, 1956 and passed away November 1, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Martha Jane Franzke

In loving memory of Martha Jane Franzke. Martha Jane Franzke was born on May 5, 1928 and passed away November 9, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Maria Elaina Meraz

In loving memory of Maria Elaina Meraz. Maria Elaina Meraz was born on June 28, 1940 and passed away November 5, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

James Funicello

In loving memory of James Funicello. James Funicello was born on October 21, 1930 and passed away November 1, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Patricia Ann Maxwell

In loving memory of Patricia Ann Maxwell. Patricia Ann Maxwell was born on November 17, 1941 and passed away November 2, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Vernon Eugene Smith

In loving memory of Vernon Eugene Smith. Vernon Eugene Smith was born on August 29, 1931 and passed away November 3, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Marcia Jean Davidson

In loving memory of Marcia Jean Davidson. Marcia Jean Davidson was born on June 21, 1936 and passed away November 6, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Judy Campbell

In loving memory of Judy Campbell. Judy Campbell was born on May 13, 1942 and passed away November 2, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

Leopoldo Lambino Serrano

In loving memory of Leopoldo Lambino Serrano. Leopoldo Lambino Serrano was born on September 20, 1955 and passed away November 1, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669

James Gregory Reeves

In loving memory of James Gregory Reeves. James Gregory Reeves was born on October 5, 1962 and passed away October 24, 2017. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast (800) 678-0669