Former California Geological Survey Publications Supervisor, friend, and colleague, Jeffrey Owen Tambert passed away on July 16, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
A native Californian, Jeff grew up in rural south Sacramento. He attended Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg and was later transferred to C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, graduating in 1961.
After high school he was hired by Spink Engineering Company in Sacramento. Working initially as a drafting aid, he was promoted to rear chain-man on a survey party assisting in surveying the large El Dorado Hills development east of Sacramento. In 1966 during the Vietnam War, Jeff was drafted and reported to Fort Ord for basic training. He served two years in the army at Cam Ranh Bay with the 35th Engineering Group, making SP-4 in 1967.
Upon his return he was hired by the California Geological Survey, or as it was known in those days the Division of Mines and Geology. Jeff was initially hired as a Geologic Draftsman and later was promoted to Senior Geological Drafting Technician during which time he received a Superior Accomplishment award from the Department of Conservation.
In mid-1987 Jeff was promoted to oversee the production of the Division’s publications, maps, reports, field guides, and the widely esteemed California Geology magazine as the Survey’s Publications Supervisor. Jeff retired with more than 38 years of state public service.
Jeff and Myrna (Thompson/Lemons) were married in 1979 in Carson City, Nevada and lived for many years in Elk Grove, California. They were married for 37 years.
Jeff had a great appreciation for cool cars and fast boats, owning several including a 1962 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport, a 1963 Corvette Roadster, an I/O inboard runabout with a 4 cycle engine, a Jet boat with a 454 Chevrolet motor, and a Sanger Bubble Deck flat-bottom V-drive with a 468 Chevy engine. These led to many good times and great stories shared with friends and colleagues over the years.