Harold Douglas Erpenbeck May 3, 1940 – Oct. 8, 2018

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 13, 2018 / comments

[PR Pond]

Harold “Hal” Erpenbeck of El Dorado Hills, Calif. was born on May 3, 1940 and passed away on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 in Placerville, California.

A much-beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Hal is survived by his wife Barbara of 57 years, his son’s Doug, (with wife Kristi Erpenbeck) and Mark Erpenbeck, his grandchildren Kayla and Kendall and his sister in-law Anita Quick.

Hal was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his early school years at Thacker Junior High School and East Maine High School in Des Plaines, Illinois. Hal and his Parents Douglas and Irma Erpenbeck and his brothers Roger and David moved to Redwood City, California in 1957.

Shortly after arriving in California, Hal met Barbara Quick and they were married in 1961. Eventually, Hal and Barbara moved to Campbell, California where they started a family.

Hal’s energy and compassion for people were ever present. Quick with a joke, but always ready to debate. He was full of facts, but somehow a great listener. His easy demeanor invited deeper discussion.

Hal was a committed father. He made sure his sons got to early morning swim practices and had everything they needed for the pinewood derby. He made friends easily and kept them for decades.

Hal had a deep love of his country. He served as an artillerymen in the Army National Guard. He was a student of science, technology and history throughout his life.

Hal enjoyed a long career in technology, working for Silicon Valley pioneers Ampex, Signetics, Biomation and others. He eventually became a top executive for ICPC, an integrated circuit board manufacturer.

In retirement, Hal and Barbara moved to El Dorado Hills. Hal became a docent at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, co-founded the Clarksville Region Historical Society and played a key role on the Bass Lake Action Committee.

The El Dorado Board of Supervisors recognized Hal’s work in the community by authoring a proclamation. The proclamation praised his efforts to launch the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation, created a local history research program at Oak Ridge High School, his support of the El Dorado Hills Library and his service on both the Grand Jury and the Commission on Aging.

There will be celebration of life ceremony at noon on Oct., 21. It will be held at Cielo Winery, 3040 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs, CA 95682. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to edhhistory.org.