In Memory


Howard Teng

Passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 6, 2013, at age 62, in San Jose, CA.

Howard Teng

Howard Teng was born October 12, 1950 in Sacramento, CA to Annie Yung Ching Wang Teng and Henry Hai Chou Teng.
After a 4-year battle with cancer, he passed on May 6, 2013 in San Jose, CA.  He is survived by his wife, Debbie Abbott Teng; sons, Michael and Brian; mother, Annie; and brothers, Danny Chan, Jimmy Jew and David Teng,sister Mary, and sisters-in-law Jane Chan and Shirley Jew.
Howard was passionate about baseball, especially his beloved San Francisco Giants. He would recount how when he was young he could hear the Giants broadcast on all the radios as he walked through his neighborhood in Sacramento. Over the years, he took Debbie, Michael, Brian, and other close friends and relatives to the very windy, very cold Candlestick Park and later to the Giants’ new home at PacBell Park (now AT&T Park). In 2010, the Giants won their first ever World Series in San Francisco. Howard was so happy that he cried. Even though the Giants failed to make the World Series in 2011, Michael and Howard “kept the faith” and went to Spring Training in 2012. Later that year the Giants won their second World Series. We like to think they did it in small part because of Howard. This year he was glad to make it to the start of another baseball season and root for the Giants to make another run for the World Series.
Howard loved reading and talking about World War II. And he greatly admired people who served in the military, even though he never did. Because of his love of military history, he took his family to a variety of historical ships including the USS Hornet, the HMS Belfast, and, in March of this year, the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor.
Howard was an advocate for nuclear medicine in his 30+ years as a nuclear medicine technologist. A published author and speaker, he was active in the Society of Nuclear Medicine. In 2006 he earned his Nuclear Cardiology Technologist Specialty Certification and was named a Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Technologist Section. He started his career after graduating from the University of California at Davis’s nuclear medicine program in 1975, which followed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974, also from UC Davis. Howard went on to earn his Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA in 1983. After exploring a couple of positions in the business world, he returned to a career in nuclear medicine technology.
Howard grew up in Sacramento where his parents ran a grocery store. He graduated from Encina High School in 1969 and loved to tell stories about the grocery store and his high school days. 

On Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 2 pm, a memorial service will be held for Howard.  Family and friends are invited to join in celebrating his life, share a memory if you like, and stay for a buffet dinner after the service.

Attire: Wear cheerful clothes. SF Giants attire would be appropriate.

RSVP to by May 25 with the number of people who will be attending.

Campbell Community Center
Orchard City Banquet Hall
1 W. Campbell Avenue (Campbell Ave and Winchester Blvd.)
Campbell, CA

The closest parking is in the lot off of Winchester Blvd.


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05/10/13 10:58 AM #1    

Lynda Benvenuti (Taylor)

I am so sorry to hear about Howard. He was a smart and wonderful person... I enjoyed talking to him at one of our

last reunions...


Lynda Benvenuti

05/12/13 10:06 AM #2    

Debbie Carlsberg (Foster)

So sorry to hear about Howard.  I have nothing but fond memories of him.  He was always such a sweetheart.  Sincere condolences to all those close to him.

08/15/13 09:16 AM #3    

Jim Peterson

I am so very sorry to hear of Howard's passing...he was a truly great guy.  Howard was such a nice person.  I remember when his parents had a small market, on Fulton Ave., I would go in and visit with him and talk sports...he knew a lot and was always such a positive person.

My condolences to Howards family.  Sincerely,  Jim Peterson

05/20/14 03:46 PM #4    

Pennie Stamm (Taylor)

I am VERY sad to hear about Howard Teng.  (I have not logged on to the class website in many months, and now read that he died just over a year ago.)  He was always fun in classes, as I recall; really smart and well-prepared.  We enjoyed talking and laughing at past Reunions.  I will miss catching-up with him at the upcoming 45th.  From our family to his, we send Deepest Sympathy.

Peace,  Pennie Stamm Taylor

(And "Go Giants" for Howard)

05/21/14 09:23 AM #5    

Rick Bragg

Howard and I were in kindergarten together and every class till we graduated Encina.  Not only did he know sports - he was a good sport.  He was always in the middle of the stupid kid games we played, often making fun of Chinese accents.  There was no PC in those days and if our games and mocking ever offended him, he never let on.  I'm glad I got to offer an apology at a reunion later,  I'm also glad to have apologized for the shoplifting of candy and "dirty" magazines that several of us participated in from his parent's store.  He laughed that off and told me he'd heard that story from several people.

Howard was a good guy, a classic mensch!

Howard's passing helped push me to sign up for the next reunion.  I was debating but time is short, people don't last forever, it's time to show up and enjoy the company of the remaining classmates.

05/22/14 07:18 AM #6    

J. Gordon Tice

Rick is absolutely right, we never know how much time we have left to share with our friends! I didn't know Howard very well in school. However, we talked quite a lot at the last reunion and found him to be a very delightful, energetic and quite a conversationalist. His wife is also a delight as my wife and I spent some time in their hotel room which was right adjacent to ours. I was looking forward to seeing him again at the next reunion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

05/22/14 08:40 AM #7    

Richard Rudd

Howard Teng was an amazing man, an inspiration for overcoming many obstacles to achieve great life success. He was always committed to helping others, not complaining about any perceived unfairness, and giving the most of himself. His ability to let "water roll off his back" taught me early on that the real victim of meaness is the person being mean, not the target of the meaness. Howard made me aware that my small struggles were trivial compared to others. His humility was his greatest quality and one I will always remember.

Richard Rudd

05/22/14 08:52 AM #8    

Laurie Thacker (Pennacchi)

It is so sad to hear about one of our classmates leaving us so early.  I have only fond memories of Howard.  Deepest condolences to his family.


Laurie Thacker Pennacchi

05/22/14 05:40 PM #9    

Michael Brown

I'm so very shocked to hear about Howard's passing.  He was a good friend to everyone who knew him.  He was very smart, he had a nick name "The Brain".  He will be missed by all of us that knew him.

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