Charles "Chuck" Norman Howard died Sept. 4, 2012, at the age of 80.
Mr. Howard was a resident of Bass Lake for 18 years.
He was born April 4, 1932 in North Hollywood to Norman William Howard and Babe Howard.
Mr. Howard worked as an aeronautical engineer and was the co-designer and inventor of the first dual engine race boat and the Space Pack used by NASA for walking in space. He was owner and operator of a ski resort in Lake Tahoe and a firefighter for Meeks Bay Fire Department, and also formerly ran the Sacramento Bee with a friend.
He enjoyed talking with friends, boating on Bass Lake and the ocean, participating in communal activities with his wife, and racing boats and cars.
Mr. Howard holds auto records in Bonneville, Boats Pine Flats, Skis Long Beach and Catalina. He was a member of the Bass Lake Fire Department Auxiliary.
Mr. Howard was preceded in death by wife of 47 years, Anita F. Howard.
He is survived by daughter Jill S. Howard, son Jeff W. Howard, and grandchildren James and Ryan Howard-Malone, and Olivia Brown.
A private family memorial service will be held on the ocean.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hinds Hospice Fund Development and Volunteer Office, 1616 W. Shaw, Ste. A-5, Fresno, CA 93711.