Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - March 26, 2010

Deaths

Geoff Blood

Geoff Blood, 59, a resident of Mountain View, died March 9 after a four-year battle with lung cancer.

He was born in Salem , Mass. He was an Eagle Scout and was graduated from Bucknell University in 1972. During his subsequent three years in the U.S. Army, he received training as a computer programmer and pursued that career throughout his life.

Although raised in New England, he spent much of his adult life in Mountain View, Calif.

Loved ones recall him as a caring and passionate man. He enjoyed Frisbee, music, refereeing local youth soccer and basketball, officiating track and field meets, playing bridge, and square dancing.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith Burke Blood of Mountain View; his children, Christopher Finley Blood and Katherine Howe Blood; his mother, Patricia Worcester Blood; his four siblings Timothy Leighton Blood, Elizabeth Blood Bascom, Laurence Alley Blood Jr., Kenneth Worcester Blood; and by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Geoff Blood Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or mailed to the family. Funds will be used for an improvement for the Mountain View High School Track and Field program in his honor. Any additional funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Jo Shaw

Mary Jo Shaw, 89, co-founder and longtime owner of the Peninsula Day Care Center on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, died March 3 of natural causes.

Born Mary Jo Barnett in Decatur, Texas, she showed a gift for music at an early age, playing piano and other instruments at church. She married the Rev. Max Martindale and, moving to California, the couple built three homes together in Los Altos, living in the city for many years. In the early 1950s they pioneered a church in Palo Alto, which later moved to San Antonio Road on the border between Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Widowed early in her first marriage, Shaw later married the Rev. Herman Shaw. Together, with their daughter Myra, they started the Peninsula Day Care Center at the church on San Antonio. Today, according to Shaw's family, it is one of the largest child care centers in Northern California, serving children from Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. She remained active at the center until her death.

In addition to her work with Peninsula Day Care Center and with church leadership, She enjoyed traveling. She visited more than 60 countries and every state in her lifetime, and collected hundreds of dolls from around the world. She and her husband also supported numerous missionary projects worldwide.

Family members recalled her faith, humor, integrity, generosity and toughness.

Shaw is survived by her husband, Herman; son Victor Martindale and his wife Ellie; son Warren Shaw and his wife Sherril; daughter Myra Gishi and her husband Alan; and nine grandchildren.

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