Eugene Phillip Mummy
Eugene Phillip Mummy of Placerville, CA, passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Gene was born on April 24, 1933, to parents Catherine (McLaughlan) and Arlie Mummy in Laguna Beach, California, the 3rd of 4 children. In 1937, the family moved to Elsinore, CA, where he met his future wife and soulmate, Frances Ambriola, in the 8th grade.
They married soon after Frances graduated from high school in 1953 and began their 63-year marriage together in Anchorage, Alaska, where Gene was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
He served during the Korean War as a Radio Operator, Foreign Code Communications Reviewer, and Morse Code Operator. After his Air Force service, he worked for 35 years for Pacific Telephone in microwave toll transmission, ending his career in Placerville.
Gene and Frances raised six children, as well as a nephew. In 1977, Gene and Frances and the youngest three children moved from Banning, CA to Pine Grove, where Gene built the home that he and Frances lived in for 40 years until her death in 2017. In 2021, Gene moved to Placerville to be closer to family.
Gene is survived by his brother Arlie G. Jr. (Gordy), his children Greg, Mark (Beverly), Marie (Vaughn), Chris (Tami), Kathleen (John), Patrick (Lee Anne), 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, his brother Raymond and his sister Ann, his nephew Joe, and his daughters-in-law Pam (Greg) and Lauren (Patrick). Gene was a faithful member of the Catholic Church.
For many years, Gene and Frances volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Gene was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was deeply devoted to Frances and was profoundly affected by her passing. Gene was an outstanding four-sport high school athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and track. After high school, he was an excellent fast-pitch softball pitcher with a wicked rising fastball and multiple no-hitters over his softball career. Gene was an avid baseball fan and had a deep understanding of the game. He coached at the Pony League, Colt League, and American Legion levels, as well as volunteered at the high school level.
Gene and Frances loved the outdoors and had a special fondness for the Virginia Lakes area, where the family camped for many summers. He loved birds and birdwatching and was thrilled when bluebirds nested in one of the many birdhouses on the Pine Grove property. Gene loved to garden, was an excellent mechanic, and could fix almost anything. He was most comfortable in bib overalls! He had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, and had a great love for his family. He leaves an empty place in our hearts, but we are comforted by good memories and the knowledge that he and Frances are together again.
There will be a service at St Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish in Jackson on June 29, 2023, at 9:30am.
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