Eric Lenz

eric lenz
Eric Lenz, 61, passed away in Fremont Sunday, December 8, 2019. The son of Wilbur and Nancy Lenz he graduated from University of California at Berkeley and was a Senior Technical Director at Lam Research.
He is survived by his loving family: Michelle, wife of 32 years; Haley, daughter, and Michael, son; Nancy, mother; Stewart and Patrick, brothers; and many extended family members. All of us in his family wish to thank the medical care professionals and many friends who helped during his six years with pancreatic cancer.
A Celebration of Life Memorial for family, friends and colleagues will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020.  
If you would like to join us, please email:                                       
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or Eric’s favorite; Friends of Cal Crew, 2999 Glascock Street Oakland, CA 94601.

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  1. I have worked with Eric over 25 years and he was a mentor to myself and several more. His door was truly open to anyone and I would always bounce crazy concepts for solutions and he would always give creative ideas that contributed greatly to our success. He will be greatly missed for his advice and his friendship. Our condolences to the family

    • I have known Eric since my first month at work back in July 1995. I had very little knowledge about the semi-conductor world but eager to learn. Eric has been very helpful to me through my start with the company. I am grateful to have know Eric. It was a pleasure to work with Eric.

  2. CandleI had worked with Eric when we were both in the Linear Clean Group. He is one of those rare individuals who you can have an interesting discussion on just about any topic. He is very insightful and always willing to help. Although Eric may be difficult to convince at times, working with him had pushed me to look at the problems we are trying to solve from different angles. He will be missed.

  3. I met Eric as a co-worker at Lam Research in 1993. He was by far one of the brightest lights Lam ever had with a very unique & creative mind. His many patents & contributions attest to this. Everyone on planet Earth may not realize but as many of his ideas improved & shrank the chips & associated technologies there’s a little bit of Eric in every microchip out there….he is one who truly had an impact on the entire world & we are all the richer for his contributions. Lights like his don’t come around that often but I most happy to say I was enriched by Eric both directly & indirectly. His time amongst us was too short for sure…farewell my friend!

  4. CandleI regret that I only learned of Eric’s passing yesterday. I too, Met Eric at Lam Research, in the fall of 1987. He was both a colleague, and a mentor, and a great, positive, cheerful guy to work with. But my remembrances aren’t going to be about Eric the Engineer so much, as Eric the Man. In the Beginning, we worked on some overlapping projects, at that time, straight out of the Navy, I was mainly Engineering Support. Lam had a hair over 300 headcount when I joined. Everyone knew everyone. Groups were small, roles fairly narrow. I remember Eric was ALWAYS, friendly, curious, upbeat, eager to lend a hand or explain something, offer a suggestion, tell a story which would make you smile, and all with a genuine smile on his face. At lunch, at a meeting, at a design review. I never once saw him unkind, egotistical, defensive, or “above” anyone else ( which can happen in a fast paced, rapidly growing, Engineering environment. Coming out of a testosterone filled, male only, competitive, stressful, Submarine Navy community, I was not used to such a friendly guy / comrade. If you knew Eric, you liked Eric. It was really impossible not to. He was, simply, a really great guy. And a friend to many and all. I know he is dearly missed by family and close friends. The world is a lesser place without Eric the Person, and Eric the Engineer. I’m sorry to learn of his passing, too young, and too soon.

  5. I am just now learning of Eric’s passing. I’m really sorry to see he’s gone. I was a classmate of his at Berkeley High School, and a crew and soccer teammate. Eric was a great teammate and friend as well as a splendid athlete, and I’m glad to have known him even for a few years. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends.

  6. Just heard of Eric’s passing, as I left Lam some time ago. Eric was funny, and so smart it was unbelievable. And a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him.

    • Recently reminiscing with a former colleague – Eric’s ability to explain complex concepts in plain terms along with his sense of humor and unselfish disposition made him a joy to know.

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