Community - February 27, 2008


These obituaries are based on information provided by families and funeral homes.

Lavon Duncan

A celebration of the life of Lavon Duncan will be held Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Ms. Duncan died Feb. 15 at her home in Palo Alto. She was 82.

Ms. Duncan lived in Portola Valley and Sharon Heights before moving to the Hyatt Classic in Palo Alto in 2005.

Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Duncan grew up in Whittier and graduated from Pomona College in 1947. On her 21st birthday, she married Caltech graduate student Don Duncan.

The couple lived in Southern California and Greenwich, Connecticut, before moving to Portola Valley in 1977.

For 25 years, Ms. Duncan was an active member of Valley Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and on many committees. She hosted new member brunches and the annual picnic for those awaiting heart-lung transplants at Stanford Medical Center.

Ms. Duncan was a 20-year volunteer at the Children's Health Council (CHC) resale shop, the Bargain Box. She was one of the authors of the 1984 cookbook, "Peninsula Potpourri," published by the CHC Auxiliary.

She also was a former member of the Children's Home Society and AAUW.

The Duncans traveled throughout the world on many of Stanford University's travel/study trips. Ms. Duncan enjoyed cooking, entertaining, reading, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends, say family members. She remained close to her women friends from college. She survived both breast cancer and being struck by a car in downtown Menlo Park in 1999.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Don Duncan of Palo Alto; daughter Debbie Duncan of Stanford; sons Brent Duncan of Arcata, Dwight Duncan of Littleton, Colorado, and David Duncan of Marblehead, Massachusetts; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

Contributions in her name may be made to the Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto 94304.

Sondra Sargis

Sondra "Sandy" Sargis, a resident of Menlo Park since 1963, died Feb. 17. She was 73.

Ms. Sargis was a former flight attendant who began her second career as a hostess with Sunset magazine in 1975.

Born in Arkansas, Ms. Sargis moved to San Mateo County as a child. She graduated from Sequoia High School, where she was a cheerleader, in 1952. She was employed as a flight attendant by United Airlines until she married Joe Sargis in 1963.

Ms. Sargis was an active member and former president of the local chapter of "Clipped Wings," an organization for retired flight attendants. She volunteered for many charities and philanthropic endeavors, primarily with the Community Association for Rehabilitation (C.A.R.) Center, say family members.

An avid sports fan, she was a devoted to Stanford football and the San Francisco 49ers, and regularly attended the Bing Crosby/AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach. She enjoyed bridge, dominoes, and hosting dinner parties her home, say family members.

She is survived by her children, Julie Sargis and Paul Sargis; brother Terry Brust; and three grandchildren. Her husband, Joe Sargis, died in 1989.

Funeral services have been held.

Palmer Louis Blote

Palmer Louis Blote of Atherton, who died Feb. 11, will be remembered by family and friends at a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Spangler Mortuary, 650 Live Oak Ave. in Menlo Park.

"He will be remembered as a loving, caring and intelligent individual with many talents and interests," say family members.

Known as Paul, he was a contractor who established Palmer Electric in San Carlos. He was an avid pilot and a dedicated golfer, say family members.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter Shannon; son, Patrick; daughter, Beth; and two grandchildren, Amber Harrison and Jessica Blote.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Let Them Hear Foundation, 1900 University Ave., Suite 101, E. Palo Alto, CA 94303.


Posted by Beth Blote, a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm

As the first daughter born to the Blote family in 1960, I was so surprised to hear of the death of my Father. I'll miss him tremendously, the last three years our relationship was growing and we had reconnected. When I was born at old Stanford Hospital, Dr. Blair commented, "Well, we know who the Father is!"... I am his third child. His first son, Paul passed in 2001, a talented graphic designer and musical artist/songwriter. His second son, Patrick, a talented and dedicated Architect that like Dad was always building something in his room or taking this apart to find out how they were put together. My favorites were his toothpick airplanes. Dad was also always working on some airplane model as a teenager before radio control models were invented, and then that was a favorite hobby besides becoming an private airplane pilot, in addition. He and his older brother joined the Air Force to work on airplanes. He was always playing the radio in the car, usually classics by Frank Sinatra and the like. He loved to sing and played trumpet a long time ago. Young Paul was a great singer in the '70's and I sang at Carnegie Hall in 2002 but was more classically trained vocally. I remember he could whistle like a bird.
Dad was very talented and left three very talented children with his first wife, and another very talented daughter (Shannon) with his current wife, Irene.
Although his last home was in comfortable Atherton, over the years he lived around San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. We are known as the California Blote's, cause there are still cousins through our great-grandfathers living in South Dakota where his parents left in the '30's to head West!
Lovingly Submitted, Beth Blote

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