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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Gregory Allen Magin

Gregory Allen Magin, age 69, of Ocala Florida, departed this life peacefully on June 7, 2024, in the care of Hospice. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank P. Magin, Jr., his mother Helen, and his half-brother Frank P. Magin, III. He is survived by his children, Chelsea Magin (David Wilson) and Joseph “Joey” Magin; his grandson Brennan Wilson; his sister Renée Gluvna (Frank); his niece Allison Folk (Josh); and nephew Randy Gluvna.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Greg attended St. Xavier High School, and University of Cincinnati, where he briefly studied Electrical Engineering. He continued self-directed studies in engineering throughout his entire career and moved to Sarasota, Florida in the late 70’s, where his sister had recently relocated. Greg worked there at EMR Telemetry until he moved to Ocala in the early 80’s. His career there included workplaces such as Microdyne, Intellon, Atheros, and Qualcomm where he contributed innovative ideas, managed teams, and mentored many coworkers during his career. Greg moved to San Jose, California in 2014 to continue with Qualcomm after the Ocala office closed. Upon retirement in 2017, he moved back to Ocala.

Greg’s interest in things electrical began at the age of 3, when he plugged in an old power cord that had been removed from a small non-functioning appliance. He was fascinated seeing the end sparking and jumping around. That led to his dad constructing a “busy box” for him out of a wooden crate. It included lights, beepers, buzzers, and a doorbell controlled by knobs and dials. The box became a favorite of his and he spent many hours working the controls. A few years later, a neighbor interested him in amateur radio. He learned Morse Code and achieved his Novice license.­­ Then he taught his dad, who also became a “ham.” Over the years Greg moved through the ranks and got his General Class license. Appropriately enough, he became a Communications Systems Engineer, becoming inventor on 17 patents and rising to the rank of Principal Engineer/Manager.

Greg loved nature and preserving the memory of its beauty with photography. He enjoyed growing plants and flowers, being outdoors with his beloved dogs, and spending quiet time with his dear cat. In his spare time, he built and refurbished guitars and amplifiers, with a special interest in vintage tube amps. Of course, he enjoyed strumming one of his many custom guitars.