Col. Forrest E. Storz, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), longtime resident of Half Moon Bay, flew West on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
Born July 12, 1931, in Woodland, Calif., to Emil and Cora Storz, Forrest graduated from Woodland High in 1949 as Student Body President. He went to University of California, Davis, majoring in mathematics, and transferred to Berkeley, graduating in 1954 as a member of SAE and the outstanding cadet of the Air Force ROTC program. He later received his master’s from the University of Arkansas. In his 30-year Air Force career he attained the rank of full Colonel and received many awards including the prestigious Legion of Merit award. He then spent 10 years with the Westinghouse Marine Division, in Sunnyvale, Calif., with the SLBM program. He remained active in aviation as an instructor with the Half Moon Bay Flying Club. He belonged to the Order of Daedalians and volunteered with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Air Squadron.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Emil Kurt, and eldest daughter Karen Earlene. He is survived by his wife, Sallee; his four children, Michael Storz, Jeffery Storz, Ann-Marie Storz Price and Duane Clements; along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A private burial with full military honors was held Aug. 18, 2012. A Celebration of Life for family, friends and acquaintances with food and stories about an exceptional man begins at 1 p.m., Sept. 29, 2012, at Eddie Andreini’s hanger (HMB Airport), 154 California, Princeton-by-the Sea.