William Paul Blake
March 11, 1942-June 22, 2012
Palo Alto, California
William P. Blake, 70, a 40-year resident of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away Friday, June 22, 2012.
He was born in Utica, N.Y., on March 11, 1942. Bill graduated from Syracuse University and worked as an Electrical Engineer for 40 years, retiring in 2004. During the 1960s he worked for NASA on the Apollo program.
He holds numerous patents for electrical circuit design. He loved hiking, folk dancing, sailing, growing vegetables and roses.
Bill was the son of the late Paul and Ruth Blake; father of Brian Blake of Portland, Ore.; former husband of Vicky Blake, Mountain View, Calif.; brother of Nancy (Anthony) Lanni of Leander, Texas, Elizabeth (Richard) Eiseman of Wexford, Penn., and Mary (Leigh) Rundell of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; uncle of Grace Lanni, Richard Eiseman, Jr., Erica Sicilia, Lindsey Rundell and Trevor Rundell; great-uncle of Connor, Shannon, Max and Sophia.
A memorial will be held in Fayetteville, N.Y., in the fall.
Memorial donations may be made to VITAS Hospice at: http://vitascommunityconnecton.org.