J. Knapp Covington, 71, Heritage Lake, died Friday.
Born in Tate, Ga., he was the son of John and Myrtle Covington.
He earned a degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech and a master's degree from the University of Southern California. At the time of his retirement, he was director of manufacturing engineering for the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in California. His career spanned 38 years in the engineering design, manufacture and management of numerous aerospace projects vital to national defense.
He served on numerous nonprofit community development boards including the Greater Klamath Basin Economic Development Corp., president of the Butte Valley Chamber of Commerce for nine years, president of the Antelope Valley Chapter of the National Management Association, scout master and lay reader for the Episcopal and Anglican Church, and was appointed to the State of California Fair Board.
He was a member of St. Edward the Confessor Anglican Church, and had been active in the Episcopal Church until 1977.
He married Jean Holmes on Nov. 7, 1952 in Atlanta, Ga., She died Jan. 9, 2005.
Private services were conducted.
Memorial contributions can be made to Day by Day Hospice, 1668 E. Main St., Danville, 46122-9467.
Arrangements were handled by Conkle Funeral Home, Avon.