Calvin E. Purvis, age 99, passed away in Santa Rosa on December 24, 2017. He was born in Colorado in 1918, a son of George Elmer and Sabra Purvis.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Purvis; a son, Jim (Patsy) Purvis; six grand- children, Christopher, Robert. Teresa, Amanda, Jennifer, and Christine; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Jeanne Burton; six siblings, Clifford Corder, Clyde Purvis, Joe Purvis, Bernice Olivas Purvis, Dixie Lassiter Purvis and Vivian Woodruff Purvis); a sister-in-law, Margaret Bowden; and a brother-in-law, Theodore Bowden.
Calvin and Gladys, who both attended Manteca High School, celebrated their 77th anniversary on July 30th, of this year. As a young man he served four years active duty in the US Army prior to WWII and then he re-enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 and served two more years, finishing with a tour of duty in the Philippines.
He was the only one of his siblings to graduate from college, putting himself through school at San Jose State and The College of Pacific where he earned a degree in chemistry. He worked for Spreckels Sugar Company off and on for over 44 years, finally retiring from the position of Manager of Technical Services in 1983.
While living in Manteca, he was extremely active in community affairs, serving once as President of the local Junior Chamber of Commerce, acting as a volunteer ambulance driver for the first ambulance in Manteca, and helping create the first mosquito abatement district there. He was also a Boy Scout area leader in San Joaquin County. In 1954 he was chosen as the outstanding young man of the community by the people of Manteca because of his selfless service to his home town.
In retirement Calvin spent time reading, golfing, fishing, hiking, and traveling globally, while continuing to maintain his longtime activities in several food technology societies such as The Institute of Food Technologists where he served as Northern California Section Chairman in 1970, and the American Association of Candy Technologists where he served as Chairman in 1979.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2017 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. A visitation will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, will follow services.
His family would like to give special thanks to Hospice By The Bay and to the Medical Staff at Calvin and Gladys’s home in Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa, for the loving care they gave to Calvin at the end of his life.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, January 3, 2018