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Fred Van Noy

February 18, 1937 ~ February 4, 2020 (age 82)


Fred was a one-of-a-kind soul. Born February 18, 1937, in Oroville, California. Fred’s greatest passion was people. He loved to see people succeed. If he could lend a hand or help somebody get out of their own way, he would do it. He helped countless people find a path forward to their own success. Above all, Fred encouraged us to focus on the process, not the destination. Fittingly, Fred had an enduring respect and defense of the common man, never letting us forget the value of the person who paints the lines on the road. He also had a soft spot for dogs and other animals.

Fred said he had very little regrets. That seems reasonable for a man who worked in Vegas in the 1950s, served in the Army, was a talented downhill skier, earned a Ph.D. in Sociology, and was a commercial fisherman. He and his very best friend who happened to be married to, Marlene, tackled many projects together, including raising two children. In everything he did, Fred had a boyish charm, from courting Marlene in his 1968 Shelby Mustang Convertible to his endless quest to “catch a fish.”

The world is a little less interesting without Fred in it. But ever the optimist, Fred believed the best is yet to come. He leaves us with a wealth of good humor and wisdom that will remain our port in the storm.

Fred is remembered by his daughter Mary and son Eldon along with Eldon’s wife Danielle and their daughters Luna and Celeste. He is also remembered by his brother Robert and family and his dear friends Andy and Renee, along with countless others whose lives he touched. Fred’s wife Marlene and his mother Mary preceded him in death.


Fred's family held a gathering for family and friends in early February and would like to invite all who knew him to share on his Tribute wall.


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