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...
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....
Donald Alexander Lucas
May 24, 1962 - Jan. 28, 2020
Portola Valley, California
Donald Alexander Lucas was born May 24, 1962, in Stanford, California to Lygia and Donald Leo Lucas. He grew up with his sisters Nancy and Allie in Atherton, and would later raise his family there with his wife Sarah. He attended St. Joseph’s School, Charles Armstrong and Bellarmine. He received his B.A. from Santa Clara in 1984 and embarked on his 35-year career in venture capital. He was a lifetime member at the Menlo Circus Club where he enjoyed summers poolside flipping burgers, and playing tennis under the direction of tennis pro and mentor Don Prince. Don met the love of his life, Sarah, over spring break in 1986, at the Vintage Club in Indian Wells where he enjoyed golf and community as a junior member. They married in 1988 and began their lives together in the community Don loved. They named their first daughter Mary Alessandra after Don’s grandmother Mary “Gogo” Lucas, the most pivotal person in his young life. His grandmother instilled in him a love of God and gardening, good food and spirits, and family and friends. Jack Bixby soon joined his sister and they enjoyed being a young family of four for several years, spending time in Jackson Hole at the family RR...
Mary Jane Cague
Nov. 12, 1925 - Jan. 28, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Mary was born In Hartford, Connecticut and was the salutatorian of her High School class. She married Melvin Cague on September 16, 1946, and was married for 37 years. She worked as the secretary at St. Denis church in Menlo Park for 38 years. Mary enjoyed art history, reading, taking classes at the local community college and church activities. Mary is survived by her daughters Jane Baker, Sue Cague and Cecilia Cague, and her sons John Cague, Denis Cague and Matthew Cague. She has ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Cague, and her sons Michael Cague, Ted Cague and Jim Cague....
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...
Patricia Joanne Marquis
April 4, 1929 - Jan. 26, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Patricia Marquis, 90, died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto on January 26, 2020 due to complications from a stroke. Patricia Marquis was born on April 4,1929 in Lansing, Michigan. She was raised with her biological mother, Dorothy Linebaugh Gibbs and her sister Priscilla Harden in her early childhood. Her father Dwight Gibbs was a jazz musician and Patricia had a lifelong love of music. She debuted as a tap dancer at age 3. Due to economic pressures of the Great Depression, she was adopted by her mother’s first cousin, Ethelyn Clay and her husband Darwin Clay. She enjoyed a stable and loving home with them and learned much about social justice from her father who was a prison reformer and music from her mother, a music teacher. She suffered from Undulant Fever from drinking unpasteurized milk and spent one year in bed from age 10-11. This condition can affect the heart and the doctors thought she would not survive past age 40. She was admonished never to exercise, but overcame this obstacle by becoming a flautist in the marching band in high school. Patricia graduated from nursing school, then earned a Master’s Degree in Maternal Child Health, and Nutrition at the ...
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 ...
Mary Ann Southam
1941 - Jan. 20, 2020
Palo Alto/Portola Valley, California
Mary Ann Southam (Currie) On January 20, 2020, Mary Ann Southam, age 79, passed away at Sunrise Palo Alto due to complications of liver cancer. She was born in Bagley, Minnesota, to Archibald and Lillian Currie. Due to her father’s rising career as an educator, the family moved to Mahtomedi, Evansville, and Garden City, Minnesota, before relocating, in 1954, to Tustin, California. After graduation from Tustin Union High School, Mary attended UCLA, where she earned her BS and MS degrees in kinesiology. She spent the following years as a teacher and school administrator before entering Stanford University and obtaining her PhD in Behavioral Healthcare. This led to a 20-year career as Vice-President at ALZA/Johnson and Johnson in Palo Alto, California, where she oversaw the clinical development of the world's first transdermal fentanyl drug delivery product. Mary is credited with 12 publications and 14 patents. She has been retired since 2004. In August 2019, Mary and her best friend and loving husband James Southam celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have enjoyed a life filled with the pleasures of world travel, good food and fine wine, dancing, Stanford football...
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 ...
Marilynn W Phillips
June 10, 1921 - Jan. 16, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Marilynn Phillips was born June 10, 1921 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital with her daughter by her side on January 16, 2020. She earned her BA degree from Michigan State University and her Master's degree from Ohio State University, after which she worked as a dietitian at Saginaw General Hospital. She married Russell Cole Phillips in 1946. They moved to Menlo Park when Russell was employed by Stanford Research Institute, and then to Palo Alto in 1956 where they lived in the same house on Garland Drive until moving into Channing House together in 1993. Marilynn was an active volunteer in virtually everything involving her children from field trip chaperone to Cub Scout den mother. Later, she volunteered with Stanford's Bechtel International Center where she found tremendous satisfaction in sponsoring international students, often staying in touch with them for years after they left Stanford. She enjoyed camping with her family in our beautiful National Parks, traveling all over the world with Russ, sewing and knitting, arranging flowers from Russ's gardens, entertaining friends with her wonderful meals, playing with the family dogs, and eating...
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....
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...
Jane B. Benson
Oct. 6, 1944 - Dec. 23, 2019
Menlo Park, California
Jane B. Benson, 75, a native of Culver, Indiana, and longtime Peninsula resident, died at home on December 23, 2019, of cancer. Tall in stature and warm in spirit, she was an introvert who valued connection, a gifted communicator, feminist organizer and educator, deep thinker, and empathetic listener who maintained and nurtured many longtime friendships. Jane and her brother Bob spent their childhoods freely roaming the campus of the Culver Academy boarding school, where their parents, Ernest B. and Ruth Benson, were prominent faculty and advocates of co-education, and where Jane graduated cum laude in 1962. After earning a BA in English, education, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis (Phi Beta Kappa, 1966) and an MA in teaching from Yale (1967), she worked in college admissions and affirmative action recruitment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Landing in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1973, she became a founding member of New Seed Press, a nonprofit devoted to publishing non-sexist, non-racist children’s books. The collective shared space with UP Press, a community-oriented, women-operated job shop in East Palo Alto. The deep friendships forged there conti...
Mark Harris Georgia
Nov. 11, 1938 - Dec. 21, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Long-time Palo Alto resident, Mark Georgia, perhaps the friendliest man in Barron Park, died on December 21, 2019. He was 81 years old. Born in Binghamton, New York, he was one of seven siblings in the boisterous, circus-loving Georgia family. Growing up in a lively home, his family was up all hours of the night and friends always stopped by to talk, eat, and play games. After serving in the US Army, he received a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport. He began his work life as a product and industrial designer for Creative Playthings and Tupperware, then moved to California where he worked at various design firms and in sales and management. A gifted artist, he designed and built scale models of San Francisco, office buildings, homes, and toys. At home he created porches, decks, garden walls and many ingenious home improvements. Each project he worked on had a distinctive beauty including his sketches, the notes he slipped into school lunches, and his unique drip sand castle technology at the beach. All who spent time with Mark were touched by his humor, joy, warmth, kindness and enthusiastic friendliness. He loved nothing more than talking t...
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...
Kathie Langsdorf Underdal
Nov. 4, 1943 - Nov. 12, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Kathie Underdal took flight in the twilight hours of November 12th when the silver light of the full moon was shining over Hidden Villa and the great star butterfly was soaring across the night sky. In our imaginations she leapt right up into that light, radiating her love down on us as she nimbly trotted across the mountains she so loved. Born November 4, 1943, Kathie grew up by the sea in La Jolla, California with her parents (Margy and Gordie Langsdorf) and two brothers (Rob and Larry). Like her mother she was known for her adventurous spirit and expansive curiosity. She explored the then-open hills around their home on her bicycle, spelunked through the tide-pools, being careful of eel bites and crab claws, and was known to have caught more than one garter snake by hand during the family’s yearly Sierra Club pack trips into the mountains (a skill that greatly impressed her 3rd grade students many years later). Kathie followed family tradition and attended Pomona College where her grandfather had been head of the music department for 30 years. There she sang in the Glee Club choir, made life-long friends with many fellow “sage hens” and majored in History. Venturing ...
Oct. 21, 1930 - Jan. 11, 2020 Mountain View, California
Mountain View resident Benjamin McKendall died on January 11. He was 89. Loved for his generosity and openness, Benjamin knew the greetings in some two dozen languages. Nothing pleased him more than addressing people in their native tongues, watching their faces light up, and launching conversati...
March 21, 1933 - Jan. 6, 2020 Mountain View, California
Edwin Hale passed away peacefully in Mountain View on January 6, 2020 at the age of 86 after a long illness, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Ed was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. He went on to MIT where he lettered in track (pole...
Nov. 10, 1921 - Dec. 31, 2019 Portland, Oregon
James Blackaby, a longtime Palo Alto resident, passed away in Portland, Oregon, on December 31 at the age of 98. Jim was born on November 10, 1921, to Earl and Bertha Kincaid Blackaby and grew up in Ontario, Oregon. In 1939 he attended University of Oregon. He became an ATO and a devoted Ducks fan ...
Neil J. Jensen
June 26, 1933 - Dec. 29, 2019 Mountain View, California
Neil John Jensen, Mountain View resident since 1971, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has died of complications due to cancer. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha Meria, four daughters, Tonya Wellington, Terri Jensen, Teddi Jensen, Gwen Jensen, six grandchildren and 14 great grand...