Modesto Radio Museum co-founder and long time valley broadcast engineer, Cecil Lynch, died peaceful September 5, 2013. He was 102. He was born June 24, 1911 in Rogers, Arkansas and was a lifelong Modesto resident moving to Modesto in 1927 from a cattle ranch in Colorado.
He began his radio career in 1934, a month after KTRB signed on as Modesto's first station, and later after working in Hawaii and Monterey as an announcer returned to KTRB during World War II. Following that, in company with his father Mat Lynch, former state assemblyman Ralph Brown and other partners, founded Modesto's third radio station, KBOX in 1951.
His second career as a professional Broadcast Consulting Engineer developed shortly after, remaining active until shortly before his death. One of his most notable assignments was membership on the 1960 Winter Olympics Radio-TV Advisory Committee, and service as Senior Broadcast Engineer for the Games at Squaw Valley. He assisted in early development of many FM and TV stations nationwide.
He maintained affiliation with the ancestral Hickory Grove community church dating from the Civil War era, at Clifty, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, and survived by his daughter Barbara Moore and son-in-law Gerald Moore, two grandsons, Robert Moore, a computer programmer at Felton, California, and Richard Moore, a teacher of Atmospheric Science at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, his wife Barbara and Cecil's great grandson Andrew Moore.
He was laid to rest in Acacia Memorial Park in Modesto.