Troy Gene Parker, 69, a resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 23.
He was born in Laredo, Texas, raised in Heavener, Ok., and moved to California with his cousin as a teenager.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. While stationed in Hawaii, he met his future wife, Dorothy, on Waikiki Beach. They were married in 1962. They settled in Palo Alto, where he worked as a carpenter for approximately 30 years.
He was an avid reader who appreciated the simple things in life, such as good food and spending time at Mitchell Park with his golden Labrador dog, loved ones recalled.
He enjoyed solving home-repair problems and using his ingenuity to help many in his community over the years. He took great pride in his work and what he built or repaired lasted a lifetime, while thoughtfulness and humor were his trademarks, loved ones said.
He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Parker of Palo Alto; children, Cathleen Samora of Dacono, Colo., Brion Parker of Mountain View, and Hilari Gaines of Walnut Creek, Calif.; five grandchildren; and many friends and neighbors.
A "celebration of life" memorial will be held Sat., Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. in Mountain View. For more information, call 650-400-4482.
Donations may be made to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR Donations, P.O. Box 2646, Menlo Park, CA 94026) or Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306.
Sara Burks Pindar, 95, a resident of Stanford, died Dec.10 following a long illness.
She moved to Palo Alto in 1948, when her husband accepted a position at Stanford University, and she lived in Stanford from 1950 until her death.
She had a lifelong interest in literature and art which she loved to discuss with her devoted friends.
She was married to Frederick Van Loan Pindar, who preceded her in death, as did her son Frederick Van Loan Pindar Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Maia Pindar, of Redwood City.