Eugene Russell Goselin was born on December 25 in Eureka, California to Louis P and Edith Ione (Tavis) Goselin. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1949 and attended Humboldt State College for two years before transferring to San Jose State College where he became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and met his future wife, Barbara Beeler. In September 1952 Gene and Barbara married. In January 1953 Gene was drafted into the army during the Korean War. While he was in Signal Corp. training at Camp San Luis Obispo, Ca. combat ended but he was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany for 14 months. When he returned to California he continued his education at San Jose State, earning his B.S. degree and Secondary Teaching Credential. Four years later he earned his master's degree from there also.
Gene's first teaching job was at Pleasant Hill High School where he taught Biology for 3 and a half years and then was hired by Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Ca. where he taught for 40 years. Gene also served and taught students at the Alexander Lindsey Junior Museum in Walnut Creek.
Gene and Barbara lived in Concord and Walnut Creek, Ca. and had 4 children-Geoffrey (1953) Bradford (1956) Bethany (1964) and Garth (1966). They were divorced in 1974 but remained good friends for the rest of their lives.
Gene married Bobbie Shettler in 1981. They spent happy years together, including several sabbatical trips to Germany and other countries. After retirement Gene and Bobbie moved to Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, Ca. where he became a dedicated member of the Lincoln MS Support Group. Sadly, Bobbie passed on September 23, 2008.
Gene was predeceased by his father and his 6-year-old brother Arthur Wayne Goselin in 1951, his mother in 1990 and his older brother Louis H Goselin in 1994, and his wife Bobbie Shettler Goselin in 2008. His survivors include his sister Arlene Goselin Pfeffer, his brother Harold Goselin, his children, Geoffrey (Melinda) Goselin, Bradford Goselin, Bethany Goselin McCoy and Garth Goselin and Bobbie's children Katy (Gary) Shettler Voss and Stephen (Rosa) Shettler, grandchildren Aaron, Parker (Kimmie), and Jack Goselin, Whitney Shettler Browning, Amber, Brian, and Michael Shettler, great-grandchildren Anthony, Jaxon and Jameson Goselin, James and Jessica Browning, and former wife Barbara Goselin Dallas.
Gene's battle with health conditions in recent years showed his courage in facing life's challenges with a positive attitude and ssense of humor. A scattering of ashes with immediate family will commence in the Spring at Tomales Point in Bodega Bay, an area where Gene researched for his master's degree. A celebrational service is tentatively planned in the Spring.