Born in the small town of Randall, Minnesota, on Dec. 4, 1922, Knight took an early interest in engineering. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. He then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a captain from July 12, 1943, to March 1, 1946. Once home, he had a 30-year career with Bechtel Corporation, traveling the world with his wife of more than 71 years, Therese, his granddaughter Brandy Faulkner said.
Knight enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, golfing, traveling, building furniture and camping with family and friends. He was an involved neighbor, never short of good advice or the energy to help build new additions or re-wire their homes in his spare time, according Faulkner.
But more than anything Knight was a devoted family man, she added. He and Therese raised six children and built a family cabin at Donner Lake, which served as the site for many gatherings in summer and winter. All six children and their families live a short distance away, and his Palo Alto home was a hub of activity, with countless gatherings to welcome family through the decades, she said.
Knight is survived by his six children and their spouses: Bob Knight, Dennis and Lonnie Knight, Rick and Carol Knight, Margaret Olivier, Terry Knight and Mary Dandridge; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by three grandchildren: Ken Knight, Christine Dandridge and Caroline Dandridge.
Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 www.snowlinehospice.org.
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