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Walter Hay
June 2, 1933 - Dec. 25, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Frank and Helen Hastings Hay, Walt died peacefully Dec. 25, 2013, at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by his loving family. He was 80 years old and succumbed to cancer. Walt is survived by his wife Nancy Lane Hay, son Stephen (Yolanda) Hay, daughters, Laura (Scott) Bridge and Margot (Baylor) Capers, and step-children Darragh, Kevin (Tricia), Jeff (Alicia), and...

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Raul Tamayo Sr
July 15, 1935 - Dec. 22, 2013
Redwood City, California
Raul Tamayo Sr. died Dec. 22 in Redwood City surrounded by his family. He was 78. He was born in San Francisco on July 15, 1935, where he attended Balboa High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a sharpshooter. After being honorably discharged, he worked as a longshoreman for 35 years. He married Lucy in 1961 and moved his family to Redwood City in 1969 and remained the rest of his life investin...

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Leland C. Smith
Aug. 6, 1925 - Dec. 17, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Leland Clayton Smith, Professor Emeritus of Music at Stanford University, composer and performer died at home Dec. 17, 2013. Leland was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Oakland, California, to Jeannette and Vigo Smith. Leland began his serious study of music at the age of 11. At age 15, he became a student of composer Darius Milhaud, studying counterpoint, orchestration, and composition. He joined the Mus...

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Herman Christensen
April 18, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2013
Atherton, California
Herman was born on April 18, 1930, at San Francisco Children?s Hospital (later CPMC) to Eleanor and Herman Christensen Sr. The family moved to San Mateo Park, where he attended San Mateo Park School and San Mateo High School, Class of 1947. Following high school, Herman made the bold move to travel across the country to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He was an active member of the B...

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John Donegan
Jan. 12, 1917 - Dec. 6, 2013
Portola Valley, California
John M. Donegan died on December 6, 2013, at age 96, in his residence at The Sequoias, in Portola Valley, California. John was born on January 12, 1917, in Algona, Iowa, to John Howell Donegan and Welcome Mae (Johnston) Donegan. After spending his early childhood in Iowa, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1920s, where his father worked for Southern Pacific railroad as a switchm...

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Milo S. Gates
April 25, 1923 - Dec. 1, 2013
Woodside, California
Milo S. Gates, known as ?Ned? by his family and friends, died peacefully at home in Woodside, California on Sunday, December 1. He was 90 years old. As President and then Chairman of Swinerton Inc., Ned guided the construction of dozens of large-scale, landmark buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and throughout the western United States. Those who worked closely with Mr. Gates said h...

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Richard Hightower Hamilton
Dec. 5, 1923 - Nov. 28, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Richard ?Dick? Hamilton passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Palo Alto, Calif., from natural causes after a lengthy illness, and is now at peace. A resident of Palo Alto for over 70 years, Dick was born on Dec. 5, 1923, to Alice and William Brodie Hamilton in Santa Barbara, Calif., and grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945, receiving his wings as a Nava...

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Douglas Meier Heller
March 28, 1931 - Nov. 26, 2013
Atherton, California
Douglas Meier Heller died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his home in Atherton, California, after a very short battle with cancer. He was 82. Mary Ehrlich Heller, his wife of 58 years, was by his side when he passed peacefully away. He is also survived by his son Steven (and his wife Rachael, son Matthew, and daughter Sara); daughter Sue Fenley (and her husband Robert, and daughters DJ & Amy); ...

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John Henry Pfluke
June 17, 1931 - Nov. 15, 2013
Palo Alto, California
John Henry Pfluke passed away on Nov. 15, 2013, at Stanford Hospital with family by his side. He was born on June 17, 1931, in Peoria, Ill., to John William Pfluke and Lillian Ann Archer Pfluke. An only child, he had the quintessential 1940s American Midwest upbringing. He met his wife, Sybil Hochguertel, when he was an Air Force Lieutenant at a radar station near to her hometown in Germany in ...

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John Lewis Putz
May 18, 1920 - Nov. 12, 2013
Los Altos, California
John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years and previously of Palo Alto for 23 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., John was raised in Spooner, WI., where he grew up on his family?s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house until his family moved to Madison when he was 15. ...

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Robert Earnest Peters
Nov. 10, 1921 - Nov. 8, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Robert E. (Bob) Peters died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family just two days shy of his 92nd birthday. Bob was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Champaign, Ill., the eldest child of Rev. Earnest J. and Frances (Kristufek) Peters. The son of a Methodist minister and nurse who had met while serving during World War I, Bob grew up ...

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Sam Gordon
May 9, 1935 - Nov. 4, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Sam Gordon of Portola Valley, Calif., passed away from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 4 at the age of 78. From the beginning, Sam accepted cancer and lived a fuller life because of it. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Ann O'Hara Gordon of Portola Valley, his brother Joseph Gordon of New York, seven children and four grandchildren. Born on May 9, 1935, in Larchmont, N.Y., Sam was the ...

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Joseph Michael Whelan
March 1, 1926 - Nov. 2, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Joseph Michael Whelan, innovative developer of Portola Valley Ranch, died November 2, 2013, at the age of 87 in his home at the Ranch. Born in San Francisco on March 1, 1926, to Harry and Ruth Whelan, Joe was a grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in Yosemite Valley. He grew up in Atherton and attended St. Joseph?s Elementary School. Joe served as altar boy as a youth and was a man of ...

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William Scammell Schuyler
July 5, 1912 - Oct. 17, 2013
Palo Alto, California
William S. Schuyler -- writer, educator and resident of California since 1950 -- died of respiratory failure on Oct. 17, 2013, at Webster House in Palo Alto. Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 5, 1912, Bill attended public schools and John Burroughs School there. His undergraduate years were at Harvard and Washington Universities. He received a B.A. Degree in English at Washington University. He ma...

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Paul Hansen
Nov. 21, 1928 - Oct. 14, 2013
Ladera, Portola Valley, California for 55 years
Paul was born in San Francisco to Hildur and Olaf Hansen. Paul had many fond memories of his early years on ?Nanny Goat Hill? in San Francisco. His family moved to San Carlos and later Paul attended and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1947. Paul met Joann at Sequoia, and they were married in 1949. Paul worked for Pan American Airways, Pacific Southwest and Hiller Helicopters in Menlo ...

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Lester C Elmore
Nov. 14, 1922 - Oct. 13, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Les made his transition peacefully at home following a long period of illness. A 1949 graduate of University of California at Berkeley where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society and the Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. From 1944 to 1946, Les took a hiatus from his university studies to serve...

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Herbert Eckland
Sept. 13, 1918 - Oct. 4, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Herbert Eckland, a lifelong resident of Palo Alto, died on Oct. 4, 2013. He was 95. He was born on Sept. 13, 1918, in Crocket, California. After moving with his family to Palo Alto in 1920, he went on to study at Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1936. He then studied engineering at San Jose State University for five years. In 1941, he went to work at the City of Palo Alto's Public Works dep...

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Peter Hom
1931 - Oct. 3, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Peter Hom, of Palo Alto, passed away on Oct. 3, 2013 with his family by his side. He was 82. Peter was a wonderful husband and loving father with a genuine and generous heart. Peter was married to Gloria, who survives him. They lived happily in Palo Alto and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Peter practiced law for almost 40 years in Santa Clara County where he was one of th...

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Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa
Oct. 2, 1942 - Oct. 1, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa passed away at his Palo Alto home the day before his 71st birthday on Oct. 1, 2013. He had been ill for the past few years after his retirement as a cemetery worker at Alta Mesa Memorial Park where he worked 35 years caring for all those who went before him. Well known in his Palo Alto community all the years of his life, he will be remembered by family and fr...

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James Allen Schroder
Sept. 16, 1947 - Sept. 29, 2013
Reno, Nevada
Former Sunnyvale resident James Allen Schroder, 66, died Sept. 29, 2013, in Reno, Nev. Mr. Schroder was born Sept. 16, 1947, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Royal G. and Mildred M. (Mills) Schroder. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas for primary school. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1965. James proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. James received a Presidential Unit Citation for th...

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