Community - February 10, 2010

Obituary: William Settle

William "Bill" Settle, who was involved in many committee and activities while living at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, died Jan 29.

Born in Long Beach in 1922, he served in the U.S. Army Armored Forces in Europe during World War II.

In 1946, he and his wife Eleanor moved to Palo Alto, where he finished his bachelor of science degree from Stanford University. He later received an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Settle had a long career with the Southern Pacific Transportation Co., from 1947 to 1982. He began as a ticket agent and worked his way up to special assistant in the executive department.

He was a member of many organizations: The Stanford University Alumni Association, Theta Xi fraternity, Palo Alto Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 346, Scottish Rite-San Jose Bodies, SIRS Branch 51, Palo Alto, Menlo Country Club, and the Barbershop Peninsulaires.

He served as a director of the Southern Pacific Retired Executives Club, San Jose Society of Model Engineers, Santa Fe Modelers Association and Union Pacific Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Eleanor of The Sequoias; daughter Lynne Gums, son Norman Settle; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be no public service. Memorial gifts may be made to a favorite charity.


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