William "Bill" Frederick Menta, who grew up in Atherton and lived much of his life in Woodside, died on Aug. 10 at the age of 80. His wife of 55 years, Barbara, and his family were by his side.
Menta grew up in Atherton's Lindenwood neighborhood, and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and U.C. Berkeley, his family said. A graduate degree in civil engineering from San Jose State College positioned him for a career in the field of post-tensioned concrete engineering, according to his family.
He was an innovator in the field of structural design engineering, and in 1972, he and a good friend founded a business, Acubuild, which became "a leading design and general contracting business in the Bay Area that was responsible for building many notable buildings in San Francisco" and elsewhere, his family said. A specialist in earthquake safety for commercial buildings nationally and internationally, he was active in the field until shortly before his death, according to his family.
The Mentas traveled widely, and among Bill's favorite destinations were Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Montana and Italy. He was also an avid tennis player and and enthusiastic skier. He had "a special place in his heart for his community in Woodside, where he devoted significant time to local schools and charities," his family said.
Menta was also a family man, and enjoyed visits to see his daughter, Melissa, in New York City and fishing trips with his son, Mike. A tractor he bought decades ago for work around the home property was used in later years to give rides to his granddaughters, his family said.
In addition to his wife Barbara, daughter Melissa, and son Mike, he is survived by his daughter-in-law Veronica; sisters Loraine Bailey and Marilyn Menta; and granddaughters Ellie, Reese and Bryn.
The family plans a celebration of Bill Menta's life for sometime this fall. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.