Everett Nibbelink was the heart and soul of Certified Safe & Lock Company. He, with his wife, Laura by his side, ran the business full time from 1953 until 1983 when he retired. Between the two of them, a fulfilled life of hard work and dedication was given to the locksmith industry in Sacramento. He was considered a local hero in 1961 when he rescued a little girl from having been accidentally locked in a safe while she was playing hide and seek with her brother and cousin. To this day, even after his passing, Laura still receives cards and phone calls from that little girl and her family. It was on July 29, 2010 that the company and Everett’s family suffered his loss to a long battle with heart disease. He and Laura were married for 64 years, raised two sons and a daughter, and prided themselves over their four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Everett was a Navy World War II Veteran at Normandy; a member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association and a charter member of the Ca. LST Association. With his loss, came great sadness, but also pride, in knowing that his legacy of the business that he created lived on through the second and third generations that came after him.
Stanley F. Spaeth, Jr., also lovingly known as “Stan The Man,” was employed at Sacramento Valley Alarm Security System, Inc. (SVA) as the head salesman for 34 years, having first been hired in 1975. Stan was the type of person that would always be there for you. He would do whatever he could to make sure you were happy with the service you were receiving. And, without a doubt, he was someone that left an impression with each person he came in contact with, that they would never forget who he was. In fact, to this day, the office staff at SVA still receives phone calls from customers of his, that say how much they miss him, and how they would love the opportunity to talk to him about any number of things. It was on April 18, 2009, at 55 years old, that Stan was taken from all of us. It was on this night, that he was driving his motorcycle and was struck from behind (never seeing the car coming) and instantly killed by a drunk driver. The loss of Stan stung the hearts of all that knew him, including all of his customers, his co-workers, and his friends; along with his wife of 21 years, and his two adoring daughters. Stan’s memory lives on in the countless memories we all have of him. Those still employed at SVA constantly revisit the times they shared with Stan, and are grateful to have had known him for the short time he was with us.