Israel Ganz passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2022 at the age of 72. He was born on June 25, 1949 in Ramat Gan, in the newly established state of Israel.
After graduating high school, Israel served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer in the highly esteemed Golani Brigade. He then came to America in 1971 to study engineering at the University of Wyoming and work with his extended family. There he met his future wife, Cheryll, who would be by his side for the rest of his life. After earning his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering he moved to California to pursue a Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Israel spent the majority of his career at G.E. Nuclear, where he achieved the title of Senior Reactor Operator (SRO). This certification conferred significant responsibility—including the responsibility of safely shutting down the reactor in case of an emergency—and he also taught classes to train other SROs. He was very proud of his work and enjoyed the many chances he was afforded to work internationally; he often traveled to Japan, Taiwan, and Sweden to work on the development and operation of nuclear reactors there.
Israel’s pride in his work was dwarfed by his love and pride for his family. He could recall every member of his extended family and had countless personal stories about them. Israel would travel to visit family in the US and Israel every chance he could get. He loved to take his four boys out on walks around the neighborhood and hikes on local trails. When speaking with friends, Israel would share any updates he had on what his sons were doing—whether it was related to school, work, or achievements in life. He was able to experience again nurturing a young child with the birth of his grandson, Michael, who gave him immense joy. Michael loved visiting his grampa—riding bikes together, playing in the backyard, listening to his grampa read him stories, and learning all that he could.
Israel developed a regimen of riding his bicycle for miles each day. He loved being out in nature and studying how it changed from season to season. He would routinely calculate the number of degrees from West the sun would set, and then timed his bike rides to end at sunset so that he could verify his calculations—a true engineer at heart.
He also enjoyed hosting barbecues, watching football, traveling both in the US and internationally including Mediterranean cruises and, most of all, spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben-Zion and Esther. His paternal grandfather, for whom he was named, and his grandmother both perished in the Holocaust. He is survived by his wife, Cheryll; sons David, Joseph, Jonathan (Amanda), and Daniel; grandson Michael; brother Amnon and many nieces and cousins.
He will be dearly missed.