Eugene Joseph Silva Jr., 66, passed with his family and friends around him on Nov. 18, 2019, in San Luis Obispo, after a brave battle with cancer and its complications. Gene was born on May 13, 1953, in San Luis Obispo, to Evelyn and Eugene Silva Sr.

Gene graduated from Coast Union High School in 1971 and attended Cuesta College and Cal Poly, earning his AA in Business Management. Gene had a successful career in agricultural sales for over 40 years where he made lifelong friends.

Gene is survived by his wife, Arleen, three daughters and their husbands, Jody and Jason Pompili, Heidi and Brian Kilpatrick (sons Jameson and Brixton Kilpatrick), and Christina and Tom Willoughby (sons Jeffrey and Easton Willoughby), and his brother and wife, Greg and Roberta Silva.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Joseph Silva, and his parents.

Gene spent his time with his family and dear friends that he welcomed as family. Between spending long summers in the garden with his wife and get-away vacations camping, Gene was the center of his family, dedicating himself to his wife, children, grandchildren, and his dog Callie. Gene had a quiet strength that had unwavering support to his family.

The family wants to send deep appreciation to those friends and family who supported Gene and his family through his journey. The love and support will always be cherished.