Obituary of Troy Folkner
Troy R. Folkner of Cupertino passed away suddenly on December 19, 2018 while riding with his cycling club in Saratoga, CA. He was 67.
Troy was born in San Diego, CA on July 5, 1951. He and his family lived in Tustin, CA until his roots were planted in the mesquite and tumbleweeds of Portales, NM where his family moved in 1965. He graduated from Portales High School in 1969.
Troy met Laura Williams while they were attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Their marriage in 1974 highlighted a noteworthy year in which he earned his undergraduate degree with a triple major in Math, Physics, and Computer Science. That same year they moved to Sunnyvale, CA. In 1982 he received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from The University of Santa Clara. They moved to their present home in Cupertino, CA in 1984.
Troy’s skills, creativity, and dedication were evident in his career as a software engineer that spanned over 40 years with a single employer that was redefined through mergers and acquisitions (GE Nuclear Division, GE Aerospace, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin).
With his eyes toward the skies, his programming skills and leadership delved into diverse projects ranging from nuclear energy to satellites. He also managed to broaden his prospects by parlaying quarters at the video game arcade that he and Laura owned to dominating the online games he enjoyed later in life.
He was an avid weekend cyclist for many years and by the time he retired, the sport had become his passion. He rode almost daily, participating in many club rides, chatting with the social group and charging up hills with the faster group. He rode in the Tour de Cure to benefit research for diabetes on the Lockheed Martin team for several years and participated in the Sequoia Century.
The bonds that he formed in the cycling community are evident in the outpouring of love and the sharing of fond memories among his many cyclist friends who pay tribute to him at Western Wheelers Bicycle Club web site.
Troy’s resume represents an accomplished and impressive career. Beyond that, he was fun-loving and inquisitive. Over the years his varied pastimes included motorcycle riding and playing the saxophone. Always cheerful, he brightened each day with joy, engaging conversation, humor, and an inspiring sense of adventure.
Troy was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Lois Folkner, his sister, Trionne Hendrix and brother-in-law, Bob Williams. He is survived by his wife, Laura, his cousins, Ken and Wanda Kemper, sister-in-law, Lane Williams, and nieces and nephews, Mike Williams, Sarah Williams, Brian Juergensmeyer and Tahnee Stockton.
Memorial donations in Troy’s memory may be made to:
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
96 N Third Street #375
San Jose 95112
Attn: Ehsaneh Sadr
Turning Wheels for Kids
2400 Clove Drive
San Jose, CA 95128
Sunnyvale Chapel and Crematory
174 North Sunnyvale Avenue
Sunnyvale, California 94086
Telephone: (408) 736-6294
California License FD#: FD910
Mountain View Chapel
799 Castro Street
Mountain View, California 94041
Telephone: (650) 967-5546
California License FD#: FD579
Los Altos Chapel
399 South San Antonio Road
Loa Altos, California 94022
Telephone: (650) 948-6619
California License FD#: FD927
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