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Donald Timothy Oaks
June 10, 1949 - July 7, 2012
Half Moon Bay, California
Donald Timothy Oaks died peacefully at home with his life partner Jan Engel at his side, July 7, 2012. He was 63 years old. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Don grew up in Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, where he attended Portola School and Woodside High School. He loved hiking and exploring the local hills. Don was an acolyte at Christ Church in Portola Valley and was ac...

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Robert Thomas Kane
Aug. 17, 1939 - July 6, 2012
Hollywood, Florida
Robert Thomas Kane, 72, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2012 at his home in Florida. He was born and raised in Glen Cove, New York. Robert's education, from St. Joseph's in Metuchen, New Jersey, to studying in Bergamo with Mario Montessori, was as varied as his interests. Montessori was Robertís professional passion for over 40 years. He founded and operated many Montessori schools in Los ...

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Michael Steven Coffron
May 19, 1947 - June 27, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Michael Steven Coffron, April 19, 1947 - June 27, 2012, a resident of Chico, Calif., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends after a brave struggle with pancreatic cancer. Michael was born to Al and Julie Coffron in Tulsa, Okla. He grew up in Palo Alto with three brothers, graduated from Cubberley High School, served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and graduated fro...

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Gary Thomas Siress
April 18, 1938 - June 26, 2012
Mountain View, California
Gary Thomas Siress, 74, a 59-year resident of Mountain View California, passed away Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. He was born on April 18th, 1938 in Benton Kentucky. Gary moved to Mountain View in 1953 and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1956. He married Rachel Borrego in 1960 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Mountain View. Gary proudly served his country as a US Marine from 1956 to ...

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Byron Durwood Kimler
Dec. 4, 1927 - June 23, 2012
Beaverton, Oregon
Byron was born in Overland, Missouri, to Durwood and Helen Kimler. At the age of 15, the family moved to Stinson Beach, California and then to Daly City where he graduated from Jefferson H.S. in 1945. Byron became a journeyman carpenter working with his father before the draft into the Army during the Korean War, where he served as a Sergeant. His fascination for automobiles, which included...

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Ralph Libby
March 7, 1924 - June 17, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Ralph Libby, 88, veteran of World War II and Palo Alto reference librarian for more than 35 years, died in his beloved home in Palo Alto after long illness. Born in Los Angeles on March 7, 1924, he was the youngest of four brothers born to Albert and Anna Murphy Libby of Massachusetts. The family moved to Boston during the Depression, then returned to northern California in 1936, where Ralph wa...

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Charles Lee
July 19, 1925 - June 9, 2012
Atherton, California
CHARLES LEE - At home surrounded by the family he so loved Charles passed peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Beloved husband of Jean Egan Lee, loving father of Kevin and Dennis Lee; Moira Simunovich (Jim); Terri LaJoie (Jerry); Sheila Trombadore (Mike); proud grandfather of Stephanie Kindler(Dorsey); Daniel (Morgan), Matthew and Sarah Simunovich;Caitlin. Mark, Andrew and step grandson Jaco...

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Arnold Wihtol
Dec. 11, 1921 - June 8, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Arnold Wihtol was born on Dec. 11, 1921, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second of two sons of Latvian immigrants who met, married and settled in Chicago. Latvian was spoken in their home, but Arnold learned English attending public schools. He graduated from Steinmetz High School in Chicago, in 1939. He also completed some course work at the Chicago City Junior College in 1941. Ar...

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George Michael Galvin Sr.
Sept. 12, 1915 - June 3, 2012
Palo Alto, California
George Michael Galvin Senior, a 64-year resident of Palo Alto, died in his home on Sunday, June 3, at the age of 96. Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1915, Galvin spent much of his youth in the wilds outside Wrangell, Alaska, where his father had a mining company. He attended the University of Washington where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. Galvin was a veteran of World War II, se...

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John Charles Loustaunou
Oct. 15, 1938 - June 3, 2012
Menlo Park, California
Jack Loustaunou passed away peacefully among loved ones Sunday, June 3, at his home in Menlo Park at the age of 73. A beloved member of the mid-peninsula community, Jack was an avid traveler and also spent much of his time in Paris and Argentiere, France and New York, NY. Born in 1938 in Los Angeles, Jack earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at USC and served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieuten...

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Avram Goldstein
July 3, 1919 - June 1, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Avram Goldstein, 92, a Stanford professor of pharmacology and one of the discoverers of endorphins in the late 1970s, died June 1, 2012, after a long decline. He helped create the new Stanford Medical School in the 1950s, wrote a pharmacology textbook, founded a journal, organized California's first major methadone program, and made breakthrough discoveries in his lab about how narcotic drugs work...

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George Griffin
May 13, 1931 - June 1, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Dr. George D. Griffin, 81, a 61-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 1, 2012. He was born on May 13, 1931, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He and his family moved around the states living in Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Ohio. When he was looking at colleges, he claimed to have chosen Stanford University for his undergrad studies because it was the only co-ed university at the time and he "want...

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Joe D. Balocco
Aug. 29, 1919 - May 29, 2012
Woodside, California
Joseph Dominic Balocco, 92, of Woodside, Calif., passed away from natural causes on May 29, 2012, in Indian Wells, Calif. Joe was born in Redwood City on Aug. 29, 1919, and was the youngest of six children. His parents, Catherine and Christopher, came to the United States from Italy settling first in San Francisco and then moving to Redwood City after the 1906 earthquake. Joe served during Worl...

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Hans Fink
March 1, 1940 - May 15, 2012
Menlo Park and San Bruno, California
Hans Fink, 72, born Feb. 29, 1940, in Vienna, Austria, died peacefully at home on May 15, 2012, in San Bruno, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. Dearly beloved husband of Kathryn Low; devoted father of Adriane Fink and father-in-law of Jill Gasowski; dear stepfather of Kristen Calderon and Karen Naylor, dear step father-in-law of Cesar Calderon; wonderful Opa to Saiya, Kindred, Manaen, L...

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William D Wagstaffe
Nov. 11, 1922 - May 14, 2012
Menlo Park, California
Born in Alameda, California, to Harold and Margareta Bergin Wagstaffe and raised on the Peninsula, Bill attended Our Lady of Angels Grammar School in Burlingame, then went on to Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.†A graduate of the Class of 1940, he was the first person in school history to work on the newspaper -- the first edition of which came out in 1936 -- all four years of its existe...

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William Chamberlain
Aug. 16, 1920 - May 5, 2012
Palo Alto, California
William Ellsworth Chamberlain passed away Saturday, May 5 in Palo Alto, Calif., at the age of 91. Known as "Bill," he was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Providence, R.I., to William Chamberlain, Sr. and Kathryne Walsh. Bill had resided with his family in Palo Alto for the last 40 years. After losing his mother at the age of three, Bill and his older sister Bernadette were raised by their maternal aunt,...

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Sheldon D. Sicotte
Feb. 22, 1931 - May 1, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Sheldon Sicotte, 81, of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away from cancer at Stanford Hospital on May 1, 2012. He was better known as Zeke, a nickname from childhood days. He was born in 1931 in Oakland, Calif., to Fred and Marguerite Goessi Sicotte. He graduated from Piedmont High School and Stanford University. He served as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War and beyond, from 1952 to 1955, ...

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Spurgeon (Tim) Tyler
May 6, 1927 - April 16, 2012
The Sea Ranch, California
Spurgeon S. (Tim) Tyler died suddenly on Monday, April 16, 2012 just before his 85th birthday. He was a resident of Palo from the early 197Os until 1998 when he and his wife Martha (Dibby) Tyler moved to The Sea Ranch. Tim was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 6, 1927. He grew up in Baltimore spending summers on the Chesapeake Bay with his grandparents in Chance, Maryland on the Eastern Shore ...

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Robert Ross Staley
Dec. 6, 1921 - April 6, 2012
Cupertino, California
Robert Ross Staley died April 6, 2102. Born in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921, he was a graduate of Cal Tech with Masters Degrees from Cal Tech, Stanford and Harvard. He served in the Navy during WWII and he worked for over 35 years as a technical writer and editor in the aeronautics industry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jane Dugan Staley; and he is survived by his three children, ...

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Bonnar (Bart) Cox
Feb. 2, 1924 - April 3, 2012
Palo Alto, California
Bonnar "Bart" Cox, a lifelong resident of the Palo Alto area, died April 3, 2012, from cancer. He was 88 years old. Bart came from Fresno to the Palo Alto area at the age of 3 with his father, Ross Cox, and his mother, Isabel Margaret Cox. Bart's father had been hired to lay out roads and building plots for the areas that would become the Felton Gables part of Menlo Park. Bart attended sch...

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