Sept. 28, 1927 - April 5, 2020
Laura Sherman Tietz (née Dawn Sherman) died peacefully at her home in Calistoga on Sunday April 5, 2020. She was born Dawn Sherman on September 28, 1927 in Stockton, California, to Floyd Paul Sherman and Martha Rose Farrington Sherman. Both the Shermans and Farringtons were early colonial families who arrived in California in the 1800s. Laura was raised in Northern California from Niles Canyon in Alameda County to the redwoods in Mendocino County. She graduated from Ukiah High School in 1944 and met her future husband, Thomas Edwin Tietz, at the age of 16 in her first days as a freshman at UC Berkeley. Laura and Tom were married for 60 years until Tom’s death in 2007. While at Berkeley she studied English literature. After attending a wartime course at Stanford University where she was trained to be a chemical analyst, she returned to Berkeley and changed her major to chemistry. In the 1970s she worked at SRI in Menlo Park in their electrochemistry lab. On October 19, 1947 Laura married and changed her name, saying that Dawn was not a name to grow old with. She and Tom settled in Palo Alto in 1955, built a home in Los Altos Hills in 1960, then moved to Fitch Mountain in H...
Nov. 20, 1929 - April 2, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Beverly Granger Vignau, 90, of Menlo Park, CA passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 2. She passed away peacefully in the home in which she raised her family, and where she lived independently until her passing. Born on November 20th, 1929, she was the daughter of Floyd Dewey Granger (former Mayor of Redwood City) and Ethel Joanna Granger (Olson) of Redwood City California. She was married to Robert Vignau with whom she had three children: Steve, Lynn (Kujala) and Tom. She was always actively engaged in all of their extracurricular activities and loved attending and cheering at all of their sporting events. As a single parent (after Bob’s untimely death in 1968), she not only continued her enthusiastic support of her children but went on to get her AA degree from Canada College (where she attended alongside her younger children). She had a career in accounting at Com-Kyl, Inc., where she was well known and loved. But the center of Beverly’s world was always her family- her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren-and her beloved dog, Emma. She’ll always be remembered for her big smile and her enthusiastic, loving conversations. She is survived...
March 27, 1947 - March 31, 2020
Portola Valley, CA
The world lost a teacher and mentor to many on March 31st, 2020 from COVID-19. In Kermit Holderman's fifty year teaching career, he impacted the lives of thousands of high school students, many of whom would surface for a "hello" even after decades of distance. Kermit began his foray into education with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia where his grandfather, a college agronomist, spent time decades earlier. It was here that he fell in love with the people, culture, and, in particular, the food. It was not uncommon for the Holderman household to feature doro wat for Thanksgiving dinner or as a way to celebrate a life event. After spending eleven years teaching and coaching at The Abbey School in Colorado, Kermit and his family moved to Portola Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eight years living and teaching at Woodside Priory was followed by a year at St. Francis High School. Kermit then followed his long time friend, Rich Dioli, to Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, CA for the last two decades of his English teaching career. Kermit dedicated his life to his family, friends, and students, always putting them first. The outpouring of experiences his students have provided to the Holderm...
April 2, 1925 - March 30, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Loretta Emert passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2020. Always active and engaging a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed by her surviving sons, Richard, Steven his wife Lupita, her grandchildren Aaron, Colin, Janelle, Mario his wife Shawna, Darrick, Heather her husband Chad, Matthew his wife Lucy, Joshua, Carrie and her great-grandchildren Sage, Leia, Paul, Eric and Olivia. Her son Barry, great granddaughter Terra and great-grandson Noah predeceased her. Born in Williston, ND to Roy and Ella Miller she was the youngest child with three sisters and three brothers all predeceased her. She moved to San Francisco where she met and married George Emert in 1945. They then moved to Menlo Park where she lived for the next 70 years. After the birth of her youngest son Barry she joined the local workforce. First at Winthrop Laboratories and Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park. Then for the next 20 years she worked at the San Mateo County Sheriff until her retirement. After being deputized she proudly carried her sheriff’s badge to her last days. In 1980 she became the first female president of the San Mateo County Sheriffs Association. She w...
Jan. 12, 1944 - March 25, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Anne Knight of Palo Alto passed away March 25, 2020 following a nearly 3 year battle with cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Ben and Daniel. Although born in St. Louis, Anne grew up in Boise, Idaho, an incredibly sharp, motivated student. She advised her parents not to buy a TV, as she instead preferred to read, participate in innumerable extracurricular activities and compete in track. She ended up with a scholarship to Harvard, and completed there undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D (ABD) degrees in English Literature. Early in her career she became a journalist in New York City and years later would regale friends and family with tales from her assignments--one of them an interview with Steve Rubell, the founder of Studio 54, the legendary nightclub, who then invited her to the club as his guest. Anne's toughness and indomitable spirit were apparent well before she had to deal with raising two rowdy boys. Anne wanted girls, by the way, and due to her own skillful touch, and yes a bit of luck, was able to deftly impose on her unsuspecting sons a hint of those daughters that might have been. To this day, if you look at family photos atop the piano, you will see a p...
Mary "Pat" Patricia Rogondino
May 22, 1942 - March 20, 2020
San Marcos, California
Mary Patricia “Pat” Rogondino, 77, passed peacefully on Friday, March 20, 2020, with family by her side. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on May 22,1942. Her Doctors called her “the Miracle” as she lived life to the fullest while battling cancer for over 5 years. Pat is survived by her husband Michael Rogondino, daughter Michal Anne Rogondino and spouse Karen Kolonick, daughter Erin Schultz and husband Roark Schultz, daughter Katy Rogondino and fiancé James Williams, and five grandchildren, Ryan, Andrew, Miles, Magnus, and Piper. Pat and her husband Michael lived in Palo Alto from 1967 to 2000. Raising their three daughters and running their own graphic design company, Rogondino & Associates. Together they created the designs for technical and educational books for over 30-years. Always ahead of the curve, Pat was an early adopter of computers; a Mac graphics expert since 1984. She was a talented graphic designer, technical illustrator, and artist, continuing to create beautiful work until shortly before she passed. Pat was an active member of the Palo Alto community, which included participating in many cultural events and playing Adult AYSO soccer. Pat had a passio...
Janet Kristin Winter
Sept. 9, 1948 - March 13, 2020
Mt View, California
Janet Kristin Leaver Winter, 71, entered into God’s loving arms on March 13, 2020 from her home in Mountain View, California. Janet was born on September 9, 1948 in Palo Alto, California to Robert and Joan Leaver. She grew up in Palo Alto and Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo Atherton high school in 1966. She continued her education at the College of San Mateo. Janet lived most of her life on the San Francisco peninsula. Over the years before her retirement she worked at Kodak, Jiffy Lube, McWhorters and Orchard Supply. In the locations where she worked as a cashier, she was sure to greet you with her heartwarming smile. The joys of her life were her parents, her siblings, her daughter and grand daughter, her nieces and nephews, and of course, her adored pets. Not a single person or pet was ever forgotten on a birthday, or at Christmas. We will miss her cheerful email greetings. To Janet, giving was not second nature, it was her primary nature. With the help of her aunt and cousins she learned to knit. Even in the last months of her life she was known to surprise family members with the gift of hand knit slippers. Her family fondly called her Jazz. They paid this...
May 12, 1925 - March 8, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Virginia Mann died peacefully at the age of 94 at Channing House, in Palo Alto, on March 8, 2020. She is survived by her children William, Marilyn (Doug Lesar), Kevin (Christine), Susan and Andrew Mann, and granddaughters Monica Lesar and Sonya and Destiny Mann. She was preceded in death by her husband J. Keith Mann, a professor at Stanford Law School, and brothers Bill and Walter McKinnon. Virginia was born on May 12, 1925, in Wadesboro, North Carolina. She graduated in 1947 from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina with a BA in English. She was editor of the literary magazine Coraddi and worked on the student newspaper. Virginia first met J. Keith Mann while he was in law school and she was doing graduate work in English at Indiana University. Later, they discovered they were both living and working in Washington, DC; they married in Washington in 1950. Their first child, William, was born in 1952 in Madison, Wisconsin, where Keith was a law professor at the University of Wisconsin. In 1952, Keith moved to Stanford Law School, and over the next 13 years, they welcomed four more children. After their youngest child was in school, Virginia worked as an ...
Jan. 31, 1950 - March 4, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Charles Fordyce (Charlie) Bisbee, 70, died March 4th at his home in Palo Alto, CA. Charlie was born January 31, 1950 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Mac and Dorothy (Shaw) Bisbee. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1972 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his MBA-Finance in 1979 from the University of Southern California. Charlie’s work ethic was formed at an early age working a variety of jobs including delivering papers, detasseling corn and roofing. After graduating from UNL, Charlie joined Bechtel, working initially in Houston, then transferring to San Francisco before heading to Alaska during construction of the trans-Alaskan pipeline. After three years in the cold he attended USC, spending summers working in London and the North Sea. He rejoined Bechtel in San Francisco and worked on projects in the USA, Mexico and Canada. In 1992 he had the opportunity to work for a year in Kuwait managing the rebuilding of the oil facilities following Desert Storm. In 2002 Charlie joined Genentech’s Engineering Team as a project manager supporting the development of pharmaceutical production facilities. He found it gratifying to be part of an organization wh...
Robert Vincent Violante
July 19, 1939 - Feb. 25, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Robert (Bob) Vincent Violante, M.D. passed away in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2020 at 80 years old. Larger than life, Bob had an insatiable curiosity, a wry humor and an endless call to adventure. He skillfully cared for his patients, and, at home, found peace and love with his family and friends. Bob’s love was indeed expansive. He glued together four lovely families into one large supportive and close-knit one. His first marriage was to high school sweetheart Marianne Gach, resulting in two children: George Violante & Gina Haynes. While practicing medicine in Thailand, Bob fell in love with Lek Folknin which created his daughter Tida Violante. His third, a 25-year marriage to his sailing partner Barbara Violante, who predeceased Bob, produced daughters Suzanne Lytle & Cristina Violante. His last love and current marriage to Lauren C. Weissman, brought him stepdaughter, Danika Kohler, and a life of more adventures and a passion for fly fishing. Born and raised in Queens, New York, by his Polish American mother Anne Carol Strusinki Violante and Italian American father George Carmine Violante, Bob looked to the Old World for guidance and to his relatives for se...
Frank R Gage
Dec. 15, 1941 - Feb. 11, 2020
Santa Rosa, California
It is with great sadness, that the family of Frank Gage, long time Woodside resident, announces his passing on February 11,2020 at the age of 78, in Santa Rosa, from complications of Parkinson'a disease. He lived in Woodside for 37 years where he was an active member of the community, coaching Little League, serving on the recreation committee, and helping organize community events. He was an avid tennis player and cyclist. His easy going personality was enjoyed by all who knew him. Frank was born in war torn Yugoslavia and spent his early years in d.p. camps and an orphanage in Salzburg. In 1950, at the age of 9, he was sent to Caracas as part of the Venezuelan Children's Project and adopted by Glen and Elizabeth Gage, American citizens residing there. In 1954 due to the efforts of Congressman Carl Curtis of Nebraska, a precident setting bill was introduced and passed into law (H.R. 6266) allowing adopted children of U.S. citizens be considered a natural born alien child and to immigrate to the U.S without regard to the restrictive quota system. The family traveled extensively in Europe before settling in Hillsborough in 1958. Frank worked as a member of the operating engi...
Carlos O. Tinsley
Jan. 4, 1930 - Feb. 10, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Carlos O. Tinsley (“C.O.”) of Menlo Park passed away peacefully Monday, February 10, 2020. He was 90. He is survived by his three sons, Randy (Libby), Ron (Julie), Ken (Suzi), and 15 grandchildren. Carlos is preceded in death by his wife, Carol Ann Tinsley, and son, David Paul Tinsley. Carlos was born and raised in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. After attending North Carolina State, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He became a staff sergeant with the military police serving in Japan where he learned how to speak Japanese. After finishing his tour of duty, C.O. enrolled as a mineral engineering student at The University of Arizona. After his first descent into a mine, he changed his career goals and enrolled in University of Arizona’s school of law. He met another student at UofA who would become the love of his life: Carol Ann (“C.A.”). They were married for 58 years until Carol’s passing in 2014. After passing both the Arizona and California bar, Carlos established his law practice in Redwood City while he and Carol raised their four sons in Menlo Park. He practiced probate law for over 50 years with little interest in retirement. He was an expert...
Charles Lawrence Swezey
Oct. 5, 1923 - Feb. 10, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Charles Lawrence Swezey, a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on February 10, 2020 surrounded by family at Palo Alto Commons. He was preceded in death in 2013 by his wife of 69 years, Betty Ann Swezey. Lawrence was a generous and humble man who lived with integrity. A member of the Greatest Generation, he grew up during the Great Depression and served in World War II and the Occupation and Reconstruction of Japan. Born on October 5, 1923 to J. Marshall and Hazel Swezey in Goshen, NY Lawrence graduated from Goshen Central School in 1940. He was Goshen’s first Eagle Scout and attended the 5th World Scout Jamboree in 1937 in Holland (Netherlands). In high school he played football and managed the baseball team. Lawrence attended Cornell University on a Regents Scholarship where he met his future wife Betty Ann Bischoff of Middletown, NY, at a Victrola dance. They were married in 1944. He was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and ROTC, and lettered in lacrosse. He initially studied political science but graduated with a degree in economics when he realized he had the credits to graduate in three years. He was induct...
Jerome Peter Cronin
March 23, 1932 - Feb. 4, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Jerome Peter “Jerry” Cronin of Menlo Park passed away on February 4th, 2020 at the age of 87. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, to parents Marie Naulty and William Parks Cronin. He grew up in Essex Fells, New Jersey with his two brothers John and Bill and sister Mary. He had an adventurous childhood sailing up the coast of Long Island in small boats with his brothers for days at a time and hiking through the woods in Essex Fells with his friends and family. At seventeen he read an article in Life magazine about smoke jumpers in Montana and decided that was for him, so he loaded up his car and traveled to Missoula, Montana to try and become a smoke jumper. Much to Jerry’s dismay his mother didn’t have the same enthusiasm, wrote a letter to the bureau of land management forbidding her son from becoming a smoke jumper. The smoke jumpers sided with his mother. Jerry attended Lafayette College in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he played football and was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. After attending Lafayette, in 1954 Jerry enlisted in the Navy to become a Marine corps pilot, moving up the ranks to Captain. He had a love of flying that lasted for many years. After an honorable...
Oct. 7, 1923 - Feb. 2, 2020
Longtime Woodside resident Mary Loveless, 96, passed away on February 2, 2020 in Bradenton, Florida. Born on October 7, 1923 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, she was raised in Texas and met her husband, Lee, at the University of Texas and married in 1944. Mary moved to Bradenton, Florida from California in 2010. She loved gardening, travelling, and outdoor activities such as house boating, swimming and tennis. She was always an active member in her church and loved volunteering at the local hospitals. In her later years you would always find her with a book nearby or outside tending to her yard. Preceded in death by her husband and siblings, she will be greatly missed by her children Ruth, Jim (Connie), Mark (Kathy), and Rebecca as well as her five granddaughters and twelve great grandchildren. At her request a gathering honoring her life and passing will be a private family affair....
Bruce Foster Johnston
Sept. 24, 1919 - Feb. 1, 2020
Portola Valley, California
Bruce Foster Johnston, Ph.D., age 100, passed away peacefully on February 1st, 2020 in Portola Valley, California. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 24, 1919. He often said that he had “lived a long life sprinkled with serendipity”. His parents, Homer and Ethel Johnston, both journalists, moved with their young sons, Bruce and his older brother Hugh, to Long Beach, California in 1922. Bruce was the quintessential beach boy who loved swimming, water polo, body surfing and was a beach lifeguard. His lifelong love of the Sierra began when he was a young boy. He attended Pomona College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University. At Cornell he was a member of the Telluride Association. In 1941, he began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Surplus Marketing Administration. This was his first foray into the world of agriculture that shaped his future career. In August 1942 Bruce joined the Army. He attended OCS at Camp Davis in Wilmington, NC becoming a second lieutenant. It was during his posting at Camp Davis when he met Harriet Pollins, from Jackson, MI, on a blind date. He often said this was his greatest gift of serendipity. They wer...
Betty Nell Plemons
Oct. 28, 1931 - Jan. 27, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Betty was born in Hobbs New Mexico October 28, 1931. She passed away in her home with her family by her side on January 27, 2020. She met and married Tom Plemons the love of her life June 11, 1950 in Fresno. They had two children Brenda and Scott.They would be married 70 amazing years. She loved her family so much, and did everything in her power to make them all feel special. They moved to Palo Alto in 1961 and started Plemons Construction together. Betty was active in the community and an avid volunteer for Children’s Hospital at Allied Arts Guild for over 35 years. She volunteered at the Palo Alto Food Closet distributing food to the homeless. As a long time member of Palo Alto Women’s Golf Association, she worked on the Board and planned many events, luncheons and birthday celebrations. Betty and Tom loved to travel and golf all over the world. She loved golf, sports, entertaining, traveling, decorating, playing bridge and going to Las Vegas. Friends describe her as feisty, generous, energetic, a vivacious beautiful person. Betty was a loving gracious wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved life and all of its celebrations, Tom and Betty hoste...
Robert L Dehn
Nov. 6, 1941 - Jan. 23, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Robert L. Dehn, 78, a 51-year resident of Menlo Park, passed away on January 23, 2020 following a brief illness. Robert "Bob" Dehn was born on November 6, 1941 to Leslie and Lorna Dehn in Albany, California. Bob grew up in Albany and Berkeley. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in chemistry. Following his graduation, Bob started work as a pharmaceutical chemist at Stanford Research Institute, which later became SRI International. It was there that he spent his entire professional career. It was also at SRI that he met his wife of 52 years, Fran McGroary. After receiving his MBA from Santa Clara University, Bob moved into marketing and business development for the Life Sciences Division of SRI where he continued until his retirement in 2007. Active in the Menlo Park community, Bob served on the Menlo Park Library Commission for 11 years, as commissioner and later project consultant, helping to spearhead the passage of the bond measure that funded the expansion and renovation of the main library in 1992. He was a tireless volunteer at both the Church of the Nativity parish and Nativity School. Following his retirement, Bob volunteered at St Anthony’s Padua Dining Room...
Earl Augustus Johnson
Dec. 9, 1935 - Jan. 22, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Earl Augustus Johnson passed away on January 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family in his home in Clearlake, California at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diane Gray Johnson, his daughters with their families: Colette and Ken Cooley with Brenna Cooley Scronce and Miles Cooley; Carolyn and Christopher Inglis with Christopher, Jerusha and Kasey Inglis; and Christina and Hansjoerg Gort with David and Jacqueline Gort; and by his brothers and their wives: Rev. Walter and Esther Johnson, and Charles and Linda Johnson. Earl is preceded in death by his parents Dwight and Eleanor Johnson and by his brother Dwight Jr. and his wife Vivian Johnson. Earl was born in Oakland, California on December 9, 1935, and at the age of 5 moved with his family from Piedmont to Woodside, California. He was in the first graduating class of Menlo Atherton High School in 1954, and was selected as the school’s outstanding senior athlete of the year. He met his wife Diane while working at the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, and they married in 1956. He went on to graduate from San Francisco State with a degree in Business. After working for the Bank of California in ...
Philip Albert Capin
Aug. 10, 1956 - Jan. 18, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Philip Albert Capin, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, CA, passed away on January 18, 2020 at the age of 63. Phil is survived by his wife, Mandy, and his sons Philip (partner to Kelley), John (partner to Sydney), and Andrew, as well as his two granddaughters, Finley and Camden. He is also survived by his parents, Jerry and Roxanna Barnett, his sisters Leslie Capin (partner to Jayne) and Estrella Capin (partner to Kim), his brother John A. Capin and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. His father, Samuel Capin, predeceased him. Phil grew up in a large but tight-knit family in Nogales, AZ. Phil graduated from Nogales High School in 1974 and attended Cornell University, where in 1978 he earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and he loved his college years. After graduating from Cornell, Phil worked for VIP Structures in Syracuse, NY and found his calling in construction. He then received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1984. For over thirty years, Phil worked in the Bay Area construction industry as a well-respected project manager – first ...
June 19, 1923 - Jan. 5, 2020
Menlo Park, CA
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, Rose Ann Sayler, long time dance teacher and Menlo Park resident passed away at the age of 96. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Lewis Sayler and her six siblings. Rose Ann grew up in Oklahoma and it is told she took her first dance class when her older sister did not finish her chores, so RoseAnn was allowed to attend in her place. She loved to dance and left home to perform for the troops during WWII. After the war, she settled in Menlo Park and began teaching dance. At first the studio was named RoseAnn’s Dance Studio, but was later changed to Menlo Park Academy of Dance. RoseAnn was known for her infectious smile and strong determination as well as her love of children....
Douglas Alden Karlson
Aug. 1, 1948 - Jan. 1, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Douglas Alden “Doug” Karlson of Palo Alto passed away on January 1, 2020 at age 71. Born in Minneapolis, he attended Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts before matriculating to Stanford University where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing his studies Doug settled permanently in California and established a long career as a manufacturing and supply chain manager in the Bay Area. Doug found joy in nature and the outdoors, in the Bay Area’s food and wine culture, in travel to Europe and Asia, and in the community at Stanford Memorial Church. He was a member of the Stanford Rowing team and reconnected with the sport later in life through the Bair Island Aquatic Center in Redwood City, where he served as a board member, president, and treasurer. Rebecca, his wife of 41 years, predeceased him in 2010. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Karlson of Seattle, son Doug Karlson of Morgan Hill, and partner Nancy Radcliffe of Redwood City. A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Monday, February 3rd at Stanford Memorial Church....
D. Jean Goettge
Jan. 1, 1924 - Dec. 31, 2019
Menlo Park, California
Jean Goettge, R.N., passed peacefully in her home on December 31, 2019. She was a resident of Menlo Park for more than 50 years. Jean was an only child born to Jack and Dorothy Goettge in Ellensburg, WA. Jean was a traveler. As a young woman she toured Europe for several months, starting and ending on cruise ships in New York. Well into her 80s, Jean thought nothing of packing her dog into her PT Cruiser and driving to Ellensburg. Early in her career Jean worked as a nurse in Washington, New York, District of Colombia, Virginia and Florida before taking a position at San Francisco General Hospital. About ten years later she accepted a position at the Veteran's Hospital in Palo Alto, where she worked for many years until her retirement over 30 years ago. Jean knew there was more to healing than medicine. She was known for bringing her dog to work, feeding the feral cats, baking delicious treats, and playing games with patients during quiet times. Jean was an avid bridge player and bowler who looked forward to seeing her friends every week. She was a dedicated letter writer who nurtured long distance friendships. Her sometimes gruff exterior belied a thoughtful, helpful person who...
Mark S Dietz
May 24, 1957 - Dec. 25, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Mark Dietz announce his unexpected passing on December 25, 2019. The second son in a family of four children, Mark grew up in Camp Hill, PA. Mark excelled in high school, both academically and athletically, and in the family tradition, attended Pennsylvania State University. Mark moved west when he came to Stanford University, obtaining a Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. After graduation, Mark worked for Ford Aerospace in Palo Alto, but soon moved on to new opportunities at Lockheed in Sunnyvale. At Lockheed Martin, Mark had a 26-year career in aerospace, focused specifically on classified satellites for the U.S. government. He began his career at Lockheed Martin as a propulsion engineer. He rose up through various positions until he was leading classified satellite development programs. By 1999, Mark’s engineering, problem solving and leadership skills had gained him the reputation that led to executive leadership asking him to assist on the USAF SBIRS missile defense program; he led the team that developed a much-needed redesign of that satellite system. From 2002 until his retirement in 2011, Mark led the develop...
March 28, 1940 - Dec. 25, 2019
Fred Dorn, a 35-year resident of East Palo Alto, died on Christmas Day, 2019, of heart failure. Fred was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Houston, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas with a BA In Anthropology, Fred joined the Peace Corps in 1965 where he met his wife, Midge. He taught English and learned to read and write Thai in a small town in northern Thailand. When he returned to the United States, he became a technical writer and worked for several Bay Area technology companies. He retired in 2001. Fred was always curious and had many interests including photography, music, ham radios, building computers, and traveling to Mexico to study Spanish. He also enjoyed being in community theater productions at Menlo Players Guild including Bus Stop, Once Upon a Mattress and Annie Get Your Gun. He particularly loved performing in musicals and often sang the songs at home. Fred loved his family and they all enjoyed spending time together, sharing lots of laughter. In 2017, Fred and Midge moved to Davis, California. In the last year, he had several falls eventually leading to his death. He is survived by his wife of 51 years and his daughters, Lisa...
Norma Masako Dairiki
Jan. 16, 1926 - Dec. 4, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Norma Dairiki died on December 4, 2019 at Channing House, having lived in Palo Alto, California for 59 years. She enjoyed living her last 15 years in Channing House with her husband Setsuo Dairiki, while also visiting and traveling with nearby children and grandchildren. Norma Masako Yoshida was born in Alviso (Zanker Ranch), California to Matsune Kido and Tsunanori “Tom” Yoshida on January 16, 1926. When Norma was in first grade (where she was given the name “Norma”), her father started working as a gardener at the Mountain View Pacific Press Publishing Company and the family built a house on Chiquita Road in Mountain View. In April 1942 she was attending the Mountain View Academy when Excecutive Order 9066 relocated her family to Tanforan Assembly Center, then to ‘Bing Crosby’s Racetrack’ Santa Anita Assembly Center, and from there to Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming. She and her family were sponsored for early release by the 7th Day Adventist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Lincoln, she met Setsuo Dairiki, a recent graduate of Stanford University who was also released early from Tule Lake Relocation Camp to teach military personnel engineering systems in...
Daniel Leith Anderson Jr.
Jan. 1, 1945 - Dec. 4, 2019
Daniel Leith Anderson Jr. died at home on December 4, 2019. A lifelong sportsman with a passion for golf, Leith was one of the top 100 golf club fitters in America. He grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, a championship swimmer and golfer, and graduated from Stanford University where he was a member of the golf team. Throughout his life, Leith was a natural mentor, offering guidance and encouragement to family, friends, colleagues, and students. He loved big dinner parties and was known to have everyone switch seats halfway through a meal, “just to keep things interesting.” Survivors include son Daniel Ryan Anderson (wife Jen, grandson Parker); daughter Brett Anderson (fiancé Edward Breckenridge); former wife Bonnie Anderson; sisters Christie, Gayle (Matthew), and Elizabeth; nephew Judd, and niece Melissa (Matthew). He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Dorothy, and brother Scott....
Troy W Barbee, Jr.
July 7, 1937 - Nov. 20, 2019
Palo Alto, California
On November 20, 2019, Troy W. Barbee, Jr. passed away at his home in Los Altos, California, aged 82 years. Born in San Diego to Anita Barbee and Troy W. Barbee, Sr. at the end of the Great Depression, Troy was a man of humble beginnings gifted with considerable athletic ability and a brilliant mind. Fueled by a relentless drive to learn and create, he lived a robust life, accumulating a remarkable collection of achievements, accolades and memories along the way. An enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Tribe, Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Winterhaven, California, he was raised by his mother, grandmother and maternal great-grandmother while his father served as a Warrant Officer in the US Navy during and after WWII. When asked about his time living on the reservation, Troy often shared memories of scorching hot summer days eased by the sweetness of ice-cold watermelon, castoff fruit given to them by the workers at a local produce packing facility, of swerving to miss jumping tarantulas, well camouflaged by their coloring, as he rode his bike along the dusty dirt roads. He also spoke of the times his elders made sure he and his cousin Gene ate while they went without. His ear...
George F. Brown
July 7, 1926 - March 23, 2020 Menlo Park, California
George Fugazi Brown, a long-time resident of Menlo Park, died on March 23rd at the age of 93 after a short illness. One of his close relatives, on learning the news, responded in shock, "I thought he would live to be 100!" Until early this year, he was still driving and went to Palo Alto every eveni...
Irving B. Goldberg
July 9, 1926 - March 3, 2020 Palo Alto, California
Irving B. Goldberg died peacefully at home on March 3 in Palo Alto at the age of 93 surrounded by family. Irving is survived by his daughter Elaine and her husband Charles and his son Evan and his wife Cindy, as well as five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth of 66 yea...
May 29, 1960 - Feb. 26, 2020 Palo Alto, CA
Beloved husband and father Michael Loran passed away at home on February 26, 2020, surrounded by his family after a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born to Haim and Jeannine Loran on May 29, 1960 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Michael spent his childhood in France and Israel with his parents ...
Betty C. Selberg
Nov. 24, 1929 - Feb. 26, 2020 Virginia Beach, Virginia
On February 26, 2020 Betty Compton Selberg, formerly of Princeton, NJ and Mountain View, CA, passed away at the age of 90 in Virginia Beach, VA. Betty was born November 24, 1929 in Muses Mills, KY to Virginia Nell Compton and Harold Compton. Betty was the eldest of six children. A graduate of De...