Gregory Alan “Greg” Newell, 62, lost his life to Nodular Melanoma, at his home, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Greg was born to Darwin Speich Newell and Leota La Rue (Smith) Newell on Oct. 6, 1952 in San Jose, Calif. Greg grew up in the Los Gatos, Calif. area, which was still “rural” back then. He graduated from high school and went to University of California, Berkley on an ROTC Scholarship. He received a BA in in Political Science. As a commissioned officer, he then served two tours in Viet Nam.
After many foreign and domestic posts, he retired from the Army as a Lt. Col. in 1987. Along the way, he also earned an MS in U.S. – Soviet Union Foreign Policy from the University of Maryland.
After he retired he used his interest in computers and networks and how it all worked and was hired at Apple Computers. He left them in 1993 as a Network Control Specialist.
From Apple he went to Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) in 1993 where he was a network engineer. He was active in Samoyed Rescue (rehoming dogs needing new homes). Meetings were held at PARC and Greg met Denise at a Rescue event in 1997. They were married Feb. 14, 2000 at Spooner Lake, Nev. Greg was downsized from PARC in 2004. He decided he wanted to “take a chance” on living rural again. With Denise’s somewhat lackluster support, they moved to Christmas Valley.
Greg worked for Connecting Point Computer Centers as the service manager. After about 6 months, the local Christmas Valley ISP owner asked him if he might be interested in buying Internet Extension. He took over as owner on Oct. 1, 2005. He did all the technical re-engineering and Denise answered the phone and did the invoices. He loved being his own boss and doing things the way he thought they should be done without endless meetings. Due to health issues Internet Extension was sold last year.
Greg and Denise were recreational “mushers” with their Samoyed Dogs, and Denise showed some in conformation.
Greg is survived by his loving wife, Denise; a stepdaughter, Rhonda (Dave); and three step-grandchildren: Derek, Austin and Jordon. Greg is also survived by his animal family, 10 Samoyeds; 1 Cat (who rules the house); 2 Llamas; and 7 chickens.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 a.m., at Flowerree Park in Christmas Valley. Refreshments will follow in the Booster’s Building.
Donations may be made to Partners in Care who made Greg’s final weeks comfortable.