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California—Howard Newman (1941 to 2013)




Surrounded by his loving family, Howard Wayne Newman, born on January 12, 1941, died after a long, valiant battle with cancer on November 25, 2013, in Alamo, California.  Howard was the son of Everett Leroy Newman and Helen Euvera Newman and the youngest of seven children.  Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he moved with his parents to Redondo Beach, California in 1952.


Howard attended Redondo Union High School and then joined the U.S. Navy/Submarine Service from 1958-1962.  He married Judy Shirlene Pounders on June 22, 1962.  They had two children,  Gregory Scott Newman in 1963 and Lisa Gail Newman in 1966.   After Judy passed away in October 1970, he married Catherine Ellen Bannon in 1971.


Howard had a very adventurous spirit.  While working at Dobrick's Pet Center in Redondo Beach, California, he began importing exotic animals for zoos and private collectors and had many exciting stories of his trips to South America collecting everything from anteaters and ocelots to moray eels, flamingos and poisonous snakes.


He then moved to Castro Valley, California, and took a position with Tetra, makers of TetraMin tropical fish foods.  While with Tetra he became interested in brine shrimp and brine shrimp eggs, used as tropical fish food and in aquaculture.  He traveled the world again, but this time in pursuit of those tiny brine shrimp and their eggs.  His travels included many exotic countries that were politically dangerous.  Highly respected around the world for his knowledge in the field of aquaculture, he gathered life-long friends as he traveled.  He also collected brine shrimp eggs on the Great Salt Lake in Utah and later, in the 1970s, he started his own brine shrimp company, Artemia, Inc.


Howard sold his company to INVE Aquaculture where he then managed their brine shrimp division. Shortly after starting with INVE he moved to Salt Lake City, remaining there until 1999 when he and his son Greg purchased Desert Lake Technologies, a small and failing algae company in Klamath Falls, Oregon, which now employs 46 and has become one of the largest providers of blue-green algae in the world.


Howard was an avid tennis player and was able to attend all four Grand Slam tournaments around the world with his son Greg, a dream come true for them both.


During the last year of his illness, he was able to spend long and precious time with his family in Alamo, California.  He entertained his grandchildren with stories of his many adventures and died surrounded by his loving family.


Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, in October 1970, and his daughter, Lisa Gail in June 1976.  He is survived by his son Greg and daughter-in-law Jeanine; his grandchildren Grace, William, Lucas, and Annelise; and his siblings David Lee Newman, Shirley Ann Seabaugh, Betty Joyce Johnston, Gwynn Elaine Poston, Margaret K. Herley and Richard Carroll Newman.


There will be a Celebration of Life service held to honor Howard on December 7th at 1:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church on 601 Pine Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  In lieu of flowers, Howard’s family request donations to be made in his name to Citizens for Safe Schools, P.O. Box 243, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601, USA.


Information: Cassandra Drapeau, Howard’s Long-Term Personal Assistant, Desert Lake Technologies (phone 1-541-885-6947, email cassd@desertlake.com).


Sources: 1. The above obituary was prepared by Howard’s son Greg and his daughter-in-law Jeanine and forwarded to Shrimp News International by Neil Gervais, Hatchery Feed Technical Salesman at Zeigler Bros., Inc., in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, USA (phone 1-717-968-6917, email ecneil2@yahoo.com) on December 4, 2013.  2. Telephone conversation with Cassandra Drapeau, Desert Lake Technologies on December 5, 2013. 3. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, December 5, 2013.


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