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News - August 28, 2013

Obituaries: Alan Doyle Anderson, 50-year Menlo resident

Alan Doyle Anderson, a resident of Menlo Park for five decades, died June 6 at the age of 85.

Mr. Anderson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years, he returned to graduate from Stanford University in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

After working at Hewlett-Packard and other Silicon Valley firms, Mr. Anderson and friends founded Pacific Measurements. He later started Mark V Assoc. with two colleagues, retiring in 1993. In retirement, he enjoyed stamp collecting, fishing, opera, boating, cars and anything to do with the ocean, say family members.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene V. Anderson of Menlo Park; daughters Debra Anderson of Redwood City and Dana Anderson-Au of Cupertino; and two granddaughters.

Donations may be made to the Western Philatelic Society Library in Sunnyvale, the American Air Museum in Great Britain, or a favorite charity.

Claburn "Ying" Jones

A memorial service will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, for Claburn Halsted "Ying" Jones, who died Aug. 10 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 88.

A former resident of Atherton, Mr. Jones was a founding member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and an active member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Jones was born in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from Northwestern University.

During World War II, he served as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corp as a navigator on B-24s in the Pacific. He met his future bride, Dougal Kirsopp, while attending officer training at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. They were married in 1948.

After the war he attended Harvard Business School. Upon his graduation, the couple moved to California, where he joined Arthur Anderson & Co. in San Francisco. Mr. Jones spent his entire career with Arthur Andersen, becoming a partner and heading up the Northern California audit practice before retiring in 1978.

Mr. Jones' passion was the time he spent at Lake Tahoe, say family members. He was a member of the Tahoe Yacht Club. During retirement, the Joneses resided part time in Palm Desert, later moving to Phoenix.

Survivors include children Claburn Niven Jones of San Mateo, Nena Jones Brogan of San Marino, and Edgar Mark Jones of Menlo Park; brother Robert and sister Mary Ann; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dougal; daughter, Linda Jones Falk; and granddaughter, Larkin Kathleen Brogan.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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