Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - January 22, 2010

Deaths

Phillip Falcon

Phillip James Falcon, 49, a resident of Stanford and of Marion, Iowa, died of respiratory Jan. 4 at Stanford University Hospital

He was born in Boston, Mass. After spending his early years in Lexington, Mass., he moved with his family to Stanford in 1972. He continued to reside with his parents on the Stanford campus and on their Iowa farm until his death.

He completed the special education program in the Palo Alto School System, and was long associated with HOPE Workshop. He traveled extensively in Asia with his parents, and he especially loved the farm in Iowa. He was also one of Stanford's most loyal football fans.

he profoundly touched many lives with his sociability, good cheer, and zest for living life each day as an adventure, loved ones said. His bravery in the face of many medical challenges was an inspiration to everyone. He evoked the best of the human spirit, making all those around him the better for it, according to family members.

He is survived by his mother and father, Laura and Walter Falcon; his sister and brother-in-law, Lesley and Michael Hammond, of Aurora, Neb.; and his brother, sister-in-law and their children, Andrew, Mary, Hallett and A.J. Falcon, of Upland, Calif.

A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6,in the Bechtel Room within Encina Hall, Stanford University.

His burial service will be in the spring at Marion, Iowa.

A Phillip Falcon Memorial Fund (c/o his parents) has been established to assist young people with special needs.

John Trautmann

John Jordan Trautmann, 76, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Jan. 8.

He was born in Santa Monica, Calif. He served in Italy as a military medic in the 1950s and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1961, when he married his wife, Jane McCleave.

He lived most of his life in Palo Alto, where he coached youth soccer and was a member of the Great War Society. He operated a machine shop, where he designed and built brass and glass coffee bins. He also rebuilt antique automobiles and built a flying automobile now displayed in a museum in Florida.

Loved ones recall his dignity, sense of humor and intelligent curiousity.

He is survived by his wife, Jane McCleave Trautmann of Redwood City; children, Nancy, Tom and Jeannie; brothers, Phil and Hugh; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1060 La Avenida St., Mountain View, CA 94303; or relief for Haiti through the American Red Cross.

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