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Eugene (Gene) Lamkin

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By The Staff

LAMKIN – Eugene (Gene) Lamkin of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away peacefully Dec. 12, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Donovan, Ill., July 5, 1921. He lived in Los Alamos for the past 57 years working first for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and later Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Photographer. He traveled frequently during his career working both overseas and at the Nevada Test Site during the ‘50s and ‘60s. He had a passion and gift for photography and enjoyed providing “a graphic record of events and objects.” During his career he won numerous awards for his Still Photography from the Industrial Photographers of the Southwest.He served during World War II in the Navy Air and later attended Fullerton Junior College and the Fred Archer School of Photography in California.Gene loved the Silverton, Colo., area where he built a vacation home, collected massive amounts of rocks and drove on every dirt road he could find. He also loved watching and feeding the birds and at one time he was nicknamed “the Birdman of Los Alamos.” He had more than 120 birdhouses in his yard that he had designed and built in his shop. He worked with Cub Scouts and elementary students showing them how to make birdhouses and gave them instructions in where to hang them. Once when a student asked if he could buy a birdhouse, Gene told him that he never sold them – “the birds will only live in them if I give them away.”Gene is survived by his wife of 39 years Janet Lamkin of Los Alamos; daughter Diane Lamkin and partner Larry Pittsley of Rio Rancho; son Tim Lamkin of Albuquerque; grandchildren Steve Moore and Christine of Los Alamos; Dione Nelson and Steve of Okinawa, Japan; and Amanda Lamkin of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Kyle and Shelby Moore and Jacie Nelson; and sister-in-law Patricia Stein. Gene was preceded in death by Lorraine Lamkin and his parents Nellie and Ernest Lamkin.Interment has taken place at Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, Calif. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses or a favorite charity of your choice.