Harold DeEstaing Tenney Jr.

Jun 20, 1931 - Mar 6, 2018


Harold DeEstaing Tenney, Jr.

Hal was born on June 20, 1931 to Viola and Harold D. Tenney Sr. in Berkeley, CA. He passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at his home on March 6, 2018 at the age of 86.

Hal lived in San Leandro, CA until the age of 12, when he and his father moved to Sacramento following the death of his mother. He graduated from Sacramento High School in 1949. Following graduation, Hal enrolled in Sacramento Junior College and joined Kappa Alpha Pi fraternity, resulting in many lifelong friendships. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict on the U.S.S. Hitchiti until 1955. He valued the friendships he made during those years, and furthered them through his active participation in NAFTS, National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.

Following his military service, Hal graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as an electronics engineering major in 1958. He began his career as an engineer at Melabs, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. His entrepreneurial spirit and interest in all-things-new and cutting edge drew him to two small start-up companies; he was a founding member of Western Microwave Labs and Kinetic Technology, Inc. Hal later earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Santa Clara to further support his interest in start-ups. This entrepreneurial spirit remained strong over the years, and eventually led him to dedicate the last 15 years of his career to the expansion of 5G technologies with another start-up, VIDA Products, in Santa Rosa, CA. Hal retired at the age of 76.

Hal shared his passions for technology, higher education, entrepreneurship, fishing, piloting his Cessna 182, Kings basketball, the U. S. Navy, Cal Poly and his Tenney Family heritage with his friends and family. It brought him great happiness and pride when the passions of his children and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses intersected with his.

Hal leaves behind a legacy of family who love him. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marilynn, and five children: Debbi Holmerud (Mark), Mark, Scott (Laura), Dave (Sandy) and Ken Browand, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his first wife, Marilyn Lammers.

Services to celebrate Hal’s life will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 11:00 AM at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers the family kindly invites you to consider a donation to VITAS Hospice in recognition of the loving care they provided Hal and his family (2710 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 100 S, Sacramento, CA 95833, checks payable to VCC), to the Cal Poly Engineering Department in honor of his commitment to his beloved alma mater.

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