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Sherman Rutherford
March 12, 1937-Nov. 10, 2018
Portola Valley, CA

Submitted by Kurt Rutherford

Sherman Rutherford, 81, a long-time resident of Portola Valley, died on November 10, 2018. He was born in Jewell, Oregon on March 12, 1937. He worked at Varian for close to 25 years and helped invent much of the technology still used in high vacuum scientific and commercial applications. He had a Bachelors degree from Oregon State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He volunteered much of his free time towards helping others and serving the church, either one on one as a mentor, or as a board member. He served with Peninsula Covenant Church, Menlo Church, North Park University in Chicago, Mission Springs and many others. He loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could outside, even in his final days. He taught his sons, Philip Rutherford of Portola Valley and Kurt Rutherford of Menlo Park, as well as his five grand children to love backpacking and being outside as well. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Rutherford of Portola Valley.

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A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 12th, 1pm at Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City.
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