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Joanne Gayring Seward
Nov. 6, 1931 - Oct. 11, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Joanne Theresa Gayring Seward passed away last Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, in the company of her family and caretaker. Beautiful, tender and kind; intelligent, witty and brave. Joanne sought and created beauty in her life, and she treasured the humanity of friends and strangers, and the loveliness of passing moments. Joanne was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the only child of Leona (Coughlin) and Herbert M. Gayring, surrounded by her extended Irish-American family. She graduated at 16 from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, and excelled as a pianist fond of Chopin. Joanne was the first in her family to attend college, and graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in political science and international relations. She was a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Joanne later earned a master’s degree from the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Administration, Syracuse University. While working as a city planner for Syracuse, Joanne was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and moved to Washington, D.C. At the height of the Cold War, she served as an intelligence officer for the CIA in the Soviet Uni...

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John Freidenrich
May 6, 1937 - Oct. 11, 2017
Atherton, California

John Freidenrich passed away on October 11, 2017. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in Palo Alto, John was the middle son of Edith (Schermer) and David Freidenrich, and brother to David Jr. and Dennis. He held a deep commitment to the betterment of his community with his many causes and generosities. His lifelong commitments to Stanford University, his alma mater, spanned 4 University presidents and more than 40 years of dedicated service. His good deeds are far reaching and will grow because of all the seeds he planted and all the people and causes he supported. John was co-founder of the Regis Management Company. He began his career as a lawyer, starting the law firm of Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper). He also founded the venture capital firm, Bay Partners, and led the firm for over a quarter century. He received his bachelor’s degree and L.L.D. from Stanford University. John is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Jill; his children Gail Marks and Eric Freidenrich, their spouses Andrew and Amy; his brothers David and Dennis Freidenrich; and his beloved 6 grandchildren; Jacqueline, Danielle, Theodore, Lucille, Beverly and Sylvia....

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Mick Jordan
Feb. 10, 1952 - Oct. 10, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Long-time Palo Alto resident Mick (Michael John) Jordan died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 10. Mick was known to many Palo Alto families as their much-loved AYSO coach who coached coaches as well as children’s soccer teams for more than 20 years. Aside from coaching in the fall leagues, Mick coached in the spring, taking many players to the National Games around the country. In addition to soccer, he coached YMCA basketball for many years. Born in Derby, England, in 1952, Mick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Lancaster University with First Class Honors and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Cambridge. Mick and his beloved wife Jenny moved to Palo Alto in 1984. He worked as a computer scientist for Acorn Research Center; Olivetti Software Technology Lab; Digital Equipment Corporation; Sun Microsystems; and Oracle. This spring he and Jenny became United States citizens and celebrated with family and friends at a Fourth of July party at their home. Mick loved the outdoors. He enjoyed skiing in Europe and the U.S. He was an avid bike rider who completed several Double Century (200 mile) rides; did the Ride Across Britain twice; and complet...

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Myrna Prehn
April 27, 1938 - Oct. 6, 2017
Mountain View, California

Myrna J. Prehn, 79, of Mountain View passed away on Oct. 6, 2017, at Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sunnyvale. The daughter of Oscar and Algona (Bader) Prehn, Myrna was born April 27, 1938, and raised around Clear Lake, South Dakota, and graduated from Hot Springs High School. She continued her education in New Mexico and graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She spent her career as a middle school special education and physical education teacher in the Las Lomitas School District in Menlo Park. Myrna loved her students and co-workers, many of whom have remained close and valued friends. Myrna also dearly loved the Stanford Women’s Basketball program and was a season-ticket holder for years. Time spent at Lake Tahoe with her friends and her jet ski was something she treasured. Myrna is survived by six nieces and nephews and their families along with wonderful friends who were by her side during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Clinton Prehn and Marlo Prehn, her sister Lavonne Johnson and one nephew, Laron Prehn....

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Eddie Young, Jr.
Jan. 25, 1928 - July 5, 2017
East Palo Alto, California

Eddie Young Jr. was better known as Ed Jr. or “Unch.” A native of Vicksburg Mississippi, he departed this life on July 5, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to be with the Lord. He was the first child of nine, born January 25, 1928, to the union of Eddie Fritz Young Sr. and Marie Harris Young of Vicksburg, Mississippi. During his life’s journey, he was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, the late Vie Young. He accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Later in life he moved to Palo Alto and joined Abundant Life Church in Oakland, where he served until he was no longer able to attend. He also attended Vicksburg Family Life Cathedral, his church away from home where we would make zucchini bread muffins and five-flavor cake for the Saints at Family Life Cathedral on every trip home. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Stationed at Fort Benning Georgia, he received an honorable discharge from the army on February 7, 1947. His life’s journey continued as he was employed with the Stanford University Medical Center, East Palo Alto, for 40 years. After retirement, he continued to make his home in East Palo Alto. In the past months ...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Phyllis Reed
April 6, 1928 - Oct. 7, 2017 Mountain View, California

Phyllis L. Reed, 89, of Mountain View, California passed away on October 7, 2017. Funeral Services will be held on October 13, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. Spangler Mortuary of Los Altos is handling th...

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Carolyn A. Clarke
Oct. 22, 1954 - Oct. 7, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Carolyn Clarke, 62, a 20-year resident of Belle Haven, Menlo Park, died Oct. 7, 2017. She was born Oct. 22, 1954 in Belize City, Belize. She moved to the Bay Area in 1979 and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She worked in the private secto...

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Joan Deaton
Oct. 4, 1931 - Oct. 2, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joan was born in Ord, Nebraska and was the daughter and only child of Joseph and Anna Sedlacek. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. While in college, she was a member of the golf team. In 1954, she married Perry Deaton, an electronics ...

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