Obituary: Lloyd Louis Bouriague, Jr.
Lloyd Louis Bouriague, Jr., died Jan. 6, 2012, in Lake Don Pedro, Calif., of heart failure. He was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Santa Cruz, Calif., and graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree in Agriculture. He was drafted into the Marine Corp. for the Korean War and was a radio operator calling in bombing runs. After the war, he moved to Modesto and began a farming career growing peaches. He met and married Helen Ruth Kiner in 1955 and they adopted a son named Marc Louis Bourriague on 1962.
They bought a cabin in Tahoma in 1969 and decided to move to Tahoe permanently in 1971. Lloyd and his neighbor Robert Schultz partnered up to form Year Around Caretaking in 1973. Lloyd also did snow removal with one of the first 950 Cat loaders on the West Shore. and#8220;Loader Lloydand#8221; as he was known to his friends and clients became a local fixture on the winter streets, plowing driveways from Rubicon Bay to Sunnyside. He also became involved with the Tahoe City Optimist Club and was President from 1983-84. He and fellow Optimist members were key in sponsoring the Logger’s Olympics, Snow Fest Events, Youth Sport Tournaments and establishing some of the art structures at the Tahoe City Wye.
Lloyd finally retired by the mid-90’s and moved down the hill to Cool and later to Auburn, California. After ten years in the foothills, Lloyd and Helen decided to search for some new property and ended up at Lake Don Pedro, California on his sister Louise’s ranch in 2001. Unfortunately in 2004, Helen had gotten progressively ill and was diagnosed with bladder cancer and struggled with the disease for the next two years until she passed away in early 2006. Lloyd was always caring when he had to support Helen and her endless trips to hospital appointments and chemotherapy sessions.
Lloyd was an unselfish man, always ready to help out and lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was a simple man who loved to fish, listen to country music and play horseshoes, but his biggest love was following and watching Nascar racing. No matter where he was or what was going on, every Sunday was geared towards watching his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt spin fast laps around the speedway. He always wanted to go see a race and his wish came true on his 80th birthday when he got to go to Fontana Speedway in Southern California to watch his first Nascar race! He was overjoyed as the thunderous cars roared by the grandstands and streaked along the back stretch time and time again and he never lost the wide grin on his face.
Lloyd is survived by his son Marc and grandson Alex of Tahoma and his sister Louise McGhee of Coulterville.
A memorial service will take lace from 2-5pm Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Tahoe City Yacht Club in Tahoe City, California.