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James Marvyn FAURIA[1]
Male 1952 - 2010


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  • Birth  1952  San Leandro, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Education  1974  Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Santa Clara University, earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering 
    Residence  Oct 2004  San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1975-2010  San Leandro, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    mechanical engineer in nuclear power 
    • He worked for 23 years at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
    Died  31 Aug 2010  Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Cause: cancer 
    • Obituary in San Luis Obispo (California) Tribune, 12 Sep 2010:

      Fauria, 57, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. He was born and raised in San Leandro, Calif., the son of Helen and the late Marvyn Fauria. Jim attended Moreau High School and Santa Clara University. A mechanical engineer, he worked in nuclear power for 35 years, 23 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He was a dedicated husband and father, and a member of the Nativity of Our Lady parish in San Luis Obispo. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Fauria of Fayetteville; children Kaitlin, Matthew and Jessica; mother, Helen of San Leandro; and siblings Robert and Michael Fauria of the Bay Area, and Elaine Fauria-Cacomanolis of New York City. Family and friends gathered Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, for a funeral at St. Mary''s Catholic Church in St. Vincent, Ark., and burial was at Reid Cemetery in Cleveland, Ark. A memorial service will be held in San Leandro at a later date.
    Buried  4 Sep 2010  Cleveland, Conway, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Reid Cemetery (Arkansas)
    Cleveland, Arkansas 
    • From Find a Grave entry:

      Oct. 24, 1952 Death: Aug. 31, 2010
      James Marvyn Fauria, age 57, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2010. He was born October 24, 1952, in Oakland, California, the son of Helen Mary and the late Marvyn James Fauria. He was the son-in-law of the late Loy and Opal Austin. He was a mechanical engineer, working in Nuclear Power for the past 35 years.
      Survivors include his wife, Debbie Austin-Fauria of Fayetteville; children, Kaitlin Marie, Matthew James, and Jessica Opal; mother, Helen Mary Erlwein Fauria of San Leandro, California; brothers, Robert Michael Fauria of San Leandro, California and Michael Fredric Fauria of Fremont, California; sister, Elaine Marie Fauria-Cacomanolis of New York City, New York.
      Viewing and rosary service will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 4th at Harris Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Jim Burnie officiating. Burial will be at Reid Cemetery, Cleveland, Arkansas, by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton.
      Burial:«u»Reid Cemetery «/u»
      Conway County
      Arkansas, USA
    Notes 
    • From the Find-a-Grave website:

      James Marvyn Fauria, 57, beloved by family and friends esteemed for three decades by colleagues as a "giant" in American nuclear power plant engineering passed away at his home in Fayetteville, AR, on August 31, 2010. His passing followed a final bout with cancer that began 32 years ago.
      He is survived by his deeply devoted wife, Debbie Gerane Austin; three children: Kaitlin Marie Fauria, 23; Matthew James Fauria, 18; and Jessica Opal Fauria, 13; his mother, Helen Mary Erlwein Fauria of San Leandro, CA; two brothers: Robert Michael Fauria of San Leandro; Dr. Michael Fredric Fauria of Fremont, CA; and a sister, Elaine Marie Fauria-Cacomanolis of New York City. He was the son of Helen Mary Erlwein Fauria and the late Marvyn James Fauria.
      Fauria was born and raised in San Leandro, CA. After he graduated from Santa Clara University in 1974 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he accepted his first position at Bechtel Power Corporation where he worked on equipment designs for a South American copper mine. Soon, however, he transposed his gifts to the nuclear industry.
      Moving cross-country in 1976 to Russellville, AR, he began working for Arkansas Nuclear 1. Here he met his future wife, Debbie Gerane Austin of Morrilton, AR, herself a drafter and pipe support designer. In 1978 Austin and Fauria both became contract engineers working at various nuclear power plants across the country.
      In 1980 Jim was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and treated at Stanford University Medical Center. After successful remission, he returned to nuclear contracting.
      Jim and Debbie married in St. Louis, MO, May of 1981. For the following year they continued their work as nuclear contract engineers traveling throughout the U.S. Bill Vidalin, a close friend and colleague, says, "Jim gave his bride a nationwide tour working as a contractor. He told me many stories about working at Hanford, then leaving for Comanche Peak for a $0.50/hr. raise, then Susquehanna, Bellefonte, Millstone and, finally, Diablo!"
      In 1983 both Jim and Debbie accepted positions at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach, CA. They fell in love with the area, deciding to settle in San Luis Obispo to start and raise their family.
      They attended Nativity of Our Lady Parish in San Luis Obispo where they resided for 23 years.
      Jim was a marvelous father, active in Indian Princesses/Guides with all three of his children. His family was the center of his life.
      Each year Jim returned to Stanford for his medical check-up. His treatment for Hodgkin's, back in 1980, had included the most extreme total nodal radiation, thereby weakening his heart and requiring frequent medical attention and procedures: quintuple bypass surgery, stent placements and replacements, and multiple angioplasties.
      Jim took early retirement in 2007. Subsequently the family moved back to Fayetteville, Arkansas; however, Jim's tireless ingenuity would not retire.
      In January 2008, he accepted a position as engineering consultant at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant near Phoenix, AZ. For 12 months he co-authored the "B.5.b. Series" project (Strategies to Mitigate Severe Accidents). "That set of procedures," Vidalin says, "was a huge-scope project totaling 400-600 pages and took Jim a year to complete. He earned the respect and admiration of all his co-workers here at PV for that accomplishment."
      Jim's heart had continued to deteriorate; and, then, in September 2009, Jim was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma of unknown origin. By winter 2009,Vidalin recalls, his friend was in excruciating pain, and left Palo Verde. "His wife came and took him home for a well deserved retirement," says Vidalin.
      In Fayetteville, further treatment ensued, including intermittent procedures at Stanford University Medical Center.
      Over a 35 year career, Fauria designed, built, maintained, operated and supported a large number of nuclear plants throughout the country. "I've worked with both giants and dwarfs in this industry," says Vidalin, "and from my perspective Jim was a giant."
      Despite the intrusion of many medical difficulties throughout 32 years of battling cancer and heart disease, Jim's trademark was his positive, optimistic outlook on life. He was a remarkable and loving husband and father.While Jim was working at Palo Verde, their eldest daughter, Kaitlin, earned a nursing degree and secured a position at Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Fayetteville. Matthew, having won First Place in the prestigious U.S. Paderewski Classical Piano Competition 2008, spent that summer studying classical piano at Ignacy Paderewski's villa in Krakow, Poland; he continues high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California where he is now a senior and a student of film-making. Jessica, their youngest daughter, attends 9th grade at Ramay Junior School in Fayetteville.
      The family gathered on Saturday morning, September 4, 2010, to receive loved ones for Viewing and the Rosary at Harris Funeral Home, Morrilton, AR followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in nearby St. Vincent. The funeral procession continued to Reid Cemetery, Cleveland AR, for prayers of committal. A memorial service in San Leandro, CA will be arranged at a later date.

      - Debbie Fauria [2]
    Person ID  I5026  Dobard-Tenette-Fauria
    Last Modified  27 Mar 2011 

    Father  Marvyn James FAURIA,   b. 8 Sep 1925, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 2004, San Leandro, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Living 
    Family ID  F2203  Group Sheet

    Family  Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified  27 Mar 2011 
    Family ID  F2204  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Santa Clara University, earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering - 1974 - Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Oct 2004 - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: cancer - 31 Aug 2010 - Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Reid Cemetery (Arkansas)
    Cleveland, Arkansas - 4 Sep 2010 - Cleveland, Conway, Arkansas, USA
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  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Obituary, FAURIA, Marvyn James; San Leandro, Alameda, California. Published in the ANG Newspapers on 10/22/2004. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S416] Find-a-Grave, (\i Find a Grave\i0 . http://www.findagrave.com.), (http://www.findagrave.com); FAURIA, James Marvyn. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S416] Find-a-Grave, (\i Find a Grave\i0 . http://www.findagrave.com.), (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 27 Nov 2010); Fauria, James Marvyn; Memorial #59458899. (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S100] Obituary, Fauria, James Marvyn. San Luis Obispo (California) Tribune. 12 Sep 2010 (Reliability: 2).


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