Timothy R. Webb
Beloved father and husband Tim Webb of Portland died peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 29, 2018, from complications of liver disease. He was 52.
Timothy Richard Webb was born in Canoga Park, California, on April 4, 1966 to Stephen Webb and Margaret (Sisk) Bassett. In 1978 he moved to New York City, where he attended Stuyvesant High School.
Tim earned a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University and was a member of the infamous Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB). He also played in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, where he met the love of his life, violinist and computer science/philosophy major Sarah Brody. They were married in Sonoma in 1998.
Tim was a brilliant engineer and inspiring leader who brought humanity and passion to his work. Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of plasma etch, he held numerous patents relating to the design and manufacture of semiconductor and electronics capital equipment.
His career in the semiconductor and electronics industry began in Silicon Valley where he held senior engineering and managerial roles at Lam Research and Applied Materials. In 2006, the opportunity to lead a division of Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) brought Tim and his family to Portland. They had fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest on previous visits and have made SW Portland their home ever since. In 2014, Tim launched his own consulting firm, Glissando Technologies Group.
Tim was also a talented trombone player who was active in Portland's big band scene and a frequent sub with the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, where Sarah is a violinist. One of Tim's favorite activities was arranging holiday tunes for his family to perform together and share with friends.
An engineer to his core, there was nothing Tim couldn't build or fix. He converted an attic into a magical room for his daughter, from studs to heating and electrical to bamboo floors. He lovingly restored his dad's '67 Mustang, and was thrilled when it was used in a feature film shooting in Portland.
Creative, witty, generous, romantic: Tim could name every constellation in the sky, sing the lyrics to all the jazz standards, and had recently taken to tumbling rocks that he made into "Good Juju" necklaces for family and friends. He loved to cook and was renowned for his cheese fondue, as well as his groan-worthy puns.
Tim is survived by his wife, Sarah Brody Webb, their three children: Spencer, Samantha, and Phoebe; siblings Doug Webb, Jennie Webb and William Bassett, and father, Steve Webb.