Frederick G. Brittle III
March 5, 1939- June 13, 2017
Early in the morning on June 13, Fred Brittle passed away quietly at home in Minden following a courageous battle with COPD and congestive heart failure.
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, he was the son of Frederick and Alma (Headley) Brittle. After graduating from high school in 1957, Fred enlisted in the Navy where he became a petty officer third class, demolition diver, nuclear
power engineer and a plank owner on the USS Enterprise CVAN/CVN-65, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
When he left the Navy in 1963, Fred taught nuclear engineering at the University of Maryland and then became a construction engineer at the Newport News VA shipyard. Later he was an international corrosion engineer for Mobil Oil and a sales engineer for a number of companies in the commercial coatings and temporary structures industries.
A talented designer and woodworker, Fred then spent a decade fulfilling a dream by building fine furniture. In 1997, he and his wife, Susan Ditz, set out on a new career path as a lavender and herb growers at Rancho Alegre in Pescadero, CA. Concurrently, he launched Floragenics Distillation Systems, manufacturing equipment for extracting essential oils. After selling the ranch and business, they moved to Minden in 2010.
An athlete throughout his life, Fred became very involved in Scottish games competitions in California and Nevada, setting US and world Master’s records in tossing the caber, and 42 pound weight over the bar. He was also President of the Scottish American Athletic Association for several years. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association and Northern Nevada Antique Power Club.
Fred leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Susan Ditz of Minden, sons Jeff (Carla)Brittle of Williamsburg VA, Scott Brittle of Yorktown, VA, Jesse Robbins of San Francisco, CA; four grandchildren, Alexandria, Brandon, Josh, Grace; and great grandson Tanner plus many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held Tuesday, June 27 from 5-7 pm at Valley View Ranch 1000 East Valley Rd. Gardnerville, NV.
Memorial contributions in Fred’s name can be made to the Farmer Veteran Coalition, 4614 2nd St. Davis, CA 95618 farmvetco.org 530-756-1395, or Achieve Tahoe PO Box 8339 Truckee, CA 96162 530- 581-4161 achievetahoe.org.