Fred died on February 18, 2019 in a fire that burned down his home in Carmel, CA. He had already lost a previous house to the big 2016 fire in Palo Colorado Canyon, in the Big Sur country.
In 2016, Lakin posted about the fire. “I didn’t lose my house, I know where it is, still in canyon and in heart, just organized a little differently,” he wrote. “Where else would I want to scatter the ashes of my home?”
Fred was a Stanford University alumnus and a pioneer in the high technology of performing graphics and computational graphics.
According to the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade Chief whose firefighters discovered the fire at Fred’s home, “He did not have any surviving family.”