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 the old Model T after fetching the doctor, and the car’s engine cracked that night! The family soon...
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 Mesa...
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 p...
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.
There she became a career educator, teaching college level business courses at California Stat...
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 Brad...
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 brother William C. Dorgan. He is survived by his children, Carroll (Mary) of St Germain en Laye, France,...
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...
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. After the war, she met and married Hugh Malcolm Ogle, her husband of 56 years. They moved to Palo Al...
March 26, 1945 - March 4, 2017
Portola Valley, California
veteran, public service
John (Jack) Leslie Pilkington, 71, a 30-year resident of Portola Valley, passed March 4, 2017.
He was born March 26, 1945, in San Francisco, California, to Leslie Pilkington and Edith Marie (Leonard) Pilkington, and grew up on the family ranch in La Honda.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Jelich of Portola Valley, California; his sister Susan (Pilkington) Ewy of Sparks, Nevada; his son W...
Hugh Alfred Banks
Jan. 18, 1944 - March 4, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Hugh Alfred Banks passed away peacefully on March 4, 2017, at age 72. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Whittier, CA. He always said that from the time he was a small boy, he wanted to build things, so he graduated from the University of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in civil engineering, and enjoyed a successful career as an engineer for over 40 years.
Hugh and his wife Sally ...
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, ...
Carlton John Daiss Jr., a resident of Menlo Park, passed away peacefully on February 27th. He was 91.
Chuck, to all who knew him, was born in Oakland on May 19th, 1925, to Lorene and Carlton Daiss. He grew up in Oakland, attended Piedmont High School and UC Berkeley where he was in the Sigma Nu fraternity and played on the tennis team. He was a B-24 radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Corps ...
Robert N. McLean
March 6, 1923 - Feb. 26, 2017
Robert Nesbitt McLean passed away Feb. 26, 2017 at Belmont Village in Sunnyvale. He was born in Minneapolis, Mn., grew up in Burlingame, Ca. and in Minneapolis where he attended West High School, graduating in 1941.
In World War II Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in the 376th Bomb Group in Italy, as a waist gunner and flight engineer on a B-24. He flew 48 missions over Europe and parach...
Lida Ruth Klosterman, 91, of Menlo Park, California, passed away peacefully of natural causes, at home surrounded by her loving family, on February 25, 2017.
She was born Lida Ruth Watson in Compton, California, to Arthur Watson and Ruth Keller Watson, on November 5, 1925. After graduating from Compton Junior College in 1942, Lida went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from t...
Jack Cosgrove, 85, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2017, after a brief illness.
Jack was born and raised in Pasadena, California. He majored in political science at Stanford University, where he was dubbed "Cos" by his Phi Kap brothers, a name which followed him into his professional life.
He enjoyed intramural sports, especially volleyball. He was drafted into the Army ...
July 5, 1936 - Feb. 24, 2017
“”John Felstiner, Stanford University Professor and poetry scholar, dies at age 80.
Louis John Felstiner, Jr., died on Feb. 24 at the age of 80. Professor Felstiner was a translator, literary critic, teacher, poet and ardent environmentalist. He is survived by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner, his wife of over fifty years, their two children, Sarah and Alek and two grandchildren, Brayden and Asa.