Oliver "Chip" Jennings Northup, Jr., 87, of Davis, passed away April 14, 2012 at his home. He was a resident of Woodland, CA from 1953-1976, when he moved to Davis. Chip was born April 26, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Eleanor and Oliver Northup He served in the Navy during World War II. Chip received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, Ll.B. from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley School of Law). He continued as an Attorney until death. Oliver "Chip" Northup was an English professor trapped in the body of a Lawyer. He loved law but was always pulled to writing also. He read extensively and had memorized many classic passages of western literature. He learned to love music as a child listening to the ballads sung by his father. Chip began playing the guitar in his 30's, which became his greatest joy outside of his marriage. He was well respected in both the communities of Davis and Woodland for his extensive political, community, and social justice work. Chip was a proud member of the Rotary Club and worked the Sunday BBQ at the county fair as long as we can remember. He was fortunate to have experienced 3 long marriages to 3 wonderful women, learning from each one to become an even more loving and caring person. In his later years, Chips greatest loves were his wife Claudia, playing with the Putah Creek Crawdads, and his progeny. Though his life can be honored by his many achievements such as being a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, being elected to serve on the Woodland School Board, serving as City Attorney for Woodland, Winters, and Yolo, President of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Woodland Rotary Club to name a few, it is how he lived his values, his interest in justice for all, that truly marked his life. Chip is survived by his children, Kathy Northup Schick, Bill Northup, John Northup, Jim Northup, Mary Northup, and Bob Northup, Merida Fisher Murray, David Fisher, as well as Claudia's family (three children, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two siblings) as well as his first wife Peggy Northup-Dawson with whom he maintained a cordial relationship. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of the lives of Chip and his wife Claudia Maupin will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, on Saturday, April 27th at 3:00pm.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis
27074 Patwin Rd
Davis, CA 95616