Born: April 13, 1926
Died: February 29, 2012
Roy Thurman Atkinson, Jr. passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Gold River, California at the age of 85 years. Roy was born April 13, 1926, in Glendale, California, to Roy Sr. and Ethel (White) Atkinson. He participated in football at Hoover High School and attended Glendale Jr. College studying his lifetime career as a fireman. Roy participated in World War II in the United States Navy, during which time he met and soon married his bride of 57 years, Patricia McKinney Atkinson. The newlyweds were assigned to a forest service camp in Soledad Canyon where he worked as an engineer. The couple was soon joined by their first son, Bill, and seven years later by their second child, Don. In 1956 Roy was hired onto the Los Angeles County Fire Department where he spent the following 26 years with jobs ranging from fireman to Captain. He supervised prison fire crews, as a camp superintendant; and worked wild land fires. After retirement, Roy worked for several years as a fire safety officer for several movie studios. In 1991, Roy and his lovely wife moved to Rancho Murieta in Sacramento County, where he remained until his health required a more structured lifestyle. Roy was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Patricia in 2005,and his granddaughter, Christina. Roy is survived by his two sons, Roy William Atkinson (Melody) of Warden, Washington; and Lt. Col. Donald Atkinson of Yorktown, Virginia; his brother, Tom (Mary), of Plano, Texas; three grandchildren, Selena Atkinson of Warden, Washington; Heather Watkins (Zack) of Kelowna, BC, Canada; and Joseph Neri (Dani Lynn) of San Bernardino, California; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his good friend, Erin Reed of Rancho Murieta; his sister-in-law, Georgia Froman of Tucson, Arizona; several nieces and nephews along with numerous friends. Roy enjoyed his dogs, driving around the Gold Country, shopping in Jackson, California, and in his younger years traveling with his Silver Streak. Roy will be forever remembered by his long term neighbors in Rancho Murieta as the old guy with the little red truck. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at Daneri Mortuary 415 Broadway, Jackson, California.