November 21, 1949|
San Francisco, California
|Died||January 7, 2009
Portola Valley, California
|Occupation||Military Vehicle Collector, philanthropist, engineer|
|Spouse(s)||Sandy Montenegro Littlefield|
Jacques Littlefield (November 21, 1949 – January 7, 2009) is best known as the founder of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF), also called the Littlefield Collection.
Littlefield was born on November 21, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Edmund Wattis Littlefield and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield. His father was CEO of Utah Construction Company, his mother is a strong supporter of the arts and a member of the Chairman’s Council of the San Francisco Opera.
Littlefield's fascination with military vehicles started as a child, when he started building plastic models of them. In college he built his first remote control scale model tank. He obtained his first full size military vehicle in 1975; a WWII era M3 Scout Car. In 1998 he set up the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation to manage his collection of over 150 vehicles and to restore more.
He grew up in Burlingame and attended Cate School in Carpinteria, California before studying at Stanford University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1971 and an MBA two years later. He worked for Hewlett Packard for five years as a manufacturing engineer before focusing solely on building his museum and restoration facility.
Littlefield served on the boards of the General George Patton Museum, the Cate School, the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, the Hoover Institution, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Filoli Center. He was a member of the Bohemian Club where he was a Captain of the Sempervirens camp.
Following a decade long battle with colon cancer, Littlefield died on January 7, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Montenegro Littlefield, his mother Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, one brother, Ed Littlefield and one sister, Denise Sobel; five children, David, Scott, Allison, Jacques and Jeannik; and one grandson, Kingsley.
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