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Obituary: Bruce Barcroft Kaye

Bruce Barcroft Kaye 11/4/1954 ~ 1/28/2006 On January 28, 2006, our beloved, husband, father, mentor, friend, and son returned home to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After an inspirational 14 month struggle, the man fondly known as "BK," "Lou," and "Goof" to those who loved him most, succumbed to complications relating to a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. Born on November 4, 1954, in Oakland, CA, Bruce is survived by wife Janet Blair Kaye (Granite Bay, CA); daughter Jennifer Kaye (New York, NY); son Johnny Barcroft Kaye (Las Vegas, NV); parents John and Marilynn Kaye (Sacramento, CA); and sister Robin Diane Kaye (Milwaukee, WI). Bruce was a graduate of Foothill High School (Sacramento, CA) and later Utah State University in 1976 (Logan, UT) where he was a member of Sigma Chi and the Blue Key Honor Society. He married Janet Blair on July 29, 1976 who gave birth to Jennifer on September 13, 1977 in Atlanta, GA and Johnny on January 23, 1981 in Houston, TX. A successful businessman, Bruce founded Sound Diagnostics Inc. of Roseville, CA in 1986. Over the next 18 years, Bruce owned the exclusive distribution rights for Shimadzu ultrasound products in nine Western states including California. Renowned by customers and colleagues for his passion and perseverance, Bruce grew his company to be a market leader in the OB/GYN and Urology markets. By 2004, every University of California teaching hospital in the state owned Shimadzu equipment for use in their OB/GYN program. An avid outdoorsman, Bruce enjoyed the majestic beauty of the American West. Successful mountaineering adventures included Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainer, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, among others. Bruce also enjoyed skiing, fly fishing, golf and playing baseball with his son Johnny. An accomplished arborist, Bruce had a special fondness for Japanese maple trees. Bruce enjoyed collecting, planting, and nurturing his beloved maple specimens. While Bruce loved spending time with others, his most treasured activity was spending time with his family. He loved and adored wife Janet "Planet" and enjoyed traveling the world with his best friend. Bruce was constantly in awe of Jennifer's passion and talents in business, the performing arts, and life and was proud of her accomplishments including her Dartmouth education for both undergrad and business school. "Lou" also enjoyed coaching and mentoring Johnny with his baseball career from his days at Granite Bay High School, to the USA Baseball Junior National Team, to Rice University and later Vanderbilt University as well as the many other stops along the way. A father to some, a mentor to all, Bruce will be greatly missed by all those he left behind. In order to honor Bruce's memory and memorialize his fight against brain cancer, his family and friends have established the Bruce Kaye Brain Tumor Foundation. Its mission will be to raise money to fund integrative/alternative research, nutrition-based education, and provide support for other individuals and families battling brain tumors. Bruce's battle with brain cancer might be over, but there are thousands of people out there who need help and will benefit from the tremendous legacy left by Bruce and the lessons he and his family learned along the way. Donations can be mailed to The Bruce Kaye Brain Tumor Foundation, 502 Giuseppe Ct. Suite #9, Roseville, CA 95678. In addition, more information on The Bruce Kaye Brain Tumor Foundation can be found in the coming weeks at A memorial service in Bruce's honor will be held Friday, February 3rd at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive Roseville, CA 95661. A reception will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m.