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Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak
June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017
Pescadero, CA

Richard (Hardtack) Edward Mesak June 5, 1957 - March 11, 2017 Richard Edward Mesak, age 59, passed away on March 11, 2017 at his home in Pescadero, CA with his wife and daughter and childhood friend by his side after a courageous fight against appendix cancer. Richard was born June 5, 1957 in Oakland and was raised in Woodside, CA by his parents, Richard (Dick) Mesak and Jeanne Olcott Mesak, with his sister Jeannine Mesak. He graduated from Woodside Elementary School in 1972 and Woodside High School in 1976. He attended Sacramento State College and Canada College, where he received an AS degree in Business. He received a California Real Estate License in 1978 and a General Contractor License in 1991. After college, he began work in the real estate sales industry and construction, and then enjoyed working for California Water Service Co. for nearly 30 years. Richard married Susan Shadek on September 26, 1992, in Woodside, CA one year after meeting her (and her black stallion) riding the trails of Woodside. He became a doting father on September 6, 1996, when their daughter was born. Richard loved life and all people and always had a twinkle in his eye...

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Kenneth Reginald Broome
May 19, 1925 - March 11, 2017
Woodside, CA

Our dear father died one week ago today. It was a gorgeous spring day - the first fine weekend after our very rainy winter. He had been surrounded by his family the last weeks of his life. Ken was well known in the community for his active involvement in the Rotary Club of Woodside, the World Affairs Council, the South Skyline Association, the League of Women Voters of the Peninsula and the parish of Our Lady of the Wayside in Portola Valley. He lived with his wife of 62 years, Heather, on Skyline Blvd., Woodside, adjacent to his daughter and her family from 1994 to 2010 when he moved "down the hill" to what was then Woodside Terrace. Once there, he continued his community activities in addition to taking on President of the Residents Association. As an engineer, he also had plans to design a roof top solar system for the complex. A member of the Greatest Generation, Ken was born in England and attended St. Dunstan’s College (private high school), London and then went on to St John’s College, Cambridge University, where he and Heather met in the Cambridge University Society for International Affairs (CUSIA). He obtained an MA in Engineering in under 3 ye...

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David Scott Moberly
Nov. 18, 1950 - March 9, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Born Nov. 18, 1950, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, son of Douglas and Catherine Moberly, died March 9, 2017, peacefully at home in Palo Alto after a valiant 2 1/2 year fight against leukemia. Loving husband of Cheryl Besden, adoring father of Dan Moberly (Jenn) and Anya Rubin (Aaron), proud grandfather of "brave and fearless"; Mina Rubin, brother of Carol Flower and Judy Kukuk, uncle of Brady and Taghe. David was a consummate engineer, collector, reader, movie fan and consumer of chocolate. He was a thinker and a problem solver. He chose his friends carefully and was loyal to them. David was blessed to have Allen Baum as a devoted friend....

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Joy Doyle
April 30, 1930 - March 7, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Joy Fairchild Doyle, an aptly named California native, passed away in Palo Alto on March 7 at the age of 86. Born in Oakland on April 30, 1930, and raised in Piedmont, where her businessman father served briefly as mayor, Joy moved with her family to Longmeadow, Mass. She graduated from Classical High School and attended Middlebury College before transferring, fortuitously, to Elmira College in New York. “What name could be more perfect for our girl with the laughing heart than ‘Joy’ and what nickname more suitable than ‘Joychild,’” the 1952 Elmira yearbook opined, adding that “Joy is always fun.” Young William Curtis Doyle certainly thought so. An impoverished Cornell University engineering student attending school on a Navy ROTC scholarship, Bill found Joy, and vice versa. The summer after college, Joy worked for the New York Herald-Tribune’s Fresh Air Fund. Joy and Bill, young people from radically different worlds, wed Sept. 13, 1952, at the Navy Chapel on Treasure Island, after which, the Springfield Daily News reported, “Ens. and Mrs. Doyle left for a wedding trip of unannounced destination.” Living in Philadelphia, while Bill fulfilled h...

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Daniel Arthur Logan
March 31, 1944 - March 3, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Daniel “Dan” Logan passed away surrounded by his loved ones on March 3, 2017, in Palo Alto due to complications from pneumonia. He was 72 years young. Dan dedicated his life’s work to social justice issues, youth mentoring, and community building. Dan was married for 47 years to the former Christine Ann Austin of Neosho, Missouri. In 1969, working for separate youth development programs, Dan and Chris met in the judge’s chambers of the Kansas City Juvenile Court. Dan is survived by his wife, son Eliot Joseph Logan, daughter Cheryl Annette Logan, son-in-law Salvador Jorgensen, and grandchildren Milo Alexander and Carmela Marie Jorgensen, who were the lights of Dan’s life. He will be greatly missed by brothers Bruce Logan of Rocklin and Charles Logan of Sutter Creek, sister Carolyn Logan Fisher of San Rafael, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Dan graduated from Salinas Union High School in 1962 and received his BA in history from Stanford University in 1966. He completed a Masters in Social Work in 1969 at George Williams in Downers Grove, Illinois. Dan especially loved history, social justice, geography, and genealogy. He was a lifelong student, atten...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Sandra (Marlene) Katz
April 6, 1936 - March 10, 2017 Nevada City, California

Sandra “Marlene” Katz (née Wilson), of Nevada City, California (formerly a Menlo Park resident), passed away on March 10, 2017, in San Mateo. She was 80 years old. The eldest daughter of LaVeta McQuigg and James Lowell Wilson of Blandinsville, Illinois, Marlene moved to the Bay Area in 1962...

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John J. Dorgan
Sept. 1, 1923 - March 8, 2017 Palo Alto, California

John J. Dorgan (“Jack”) died peacefully at his home in Palo Alto on March 8 at the age of 93. He was married for 68 years to the late Cynthia Codrington Dorgan, who passed away in 2014. He is survived by his sister, Sister Margaret Dorgan, DCM of Orland, Maine; he was predeceased by his brot...

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Helen Ogle
Oct. 7, 1922 - March 6, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Longtime Palo Alto resident Helen Margaret Portz Ogle, 94, passed away March 6th, 2017. Helen grew up in Flossmoor, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Latin American Relations and a minor in Spanish. During World War II, she worked in the Foreign Service. ...

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