He was born in Mountain View and graduated from Mountain View High School as valedictorian in 1942, the same year that he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. During World War II, he served as a combat pilot in the Army Air Force. He attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in political science.
His 32 years of public service to the state of California began in 1957 when he was first appointed to the Mountain View Planning Commission. He was twice elected to the Mountain View City Council and served three terms as mayor. He was a Santa Clara County Supervisor from 1968 to 1974. In 1974 he was elected to the State Assembly, representing the 21st District. He was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Coastal Commission.
He was a crusader for the preservation of California's forests, greenbelts, and wetlands and had the reputation of not giving in to lobbyists, loved ones said. He was instrumental in the funding and creation of Shoreline Park in Mountain View and while chairman of the Assembly Committee on Resources, Land Use, and Energy he led the defense of environmental quality laws in California. He authored legislation on coastal conservation, nuclear safety, farmland preservation, solar energy, and clean water and air.
He married Nellie Catherine Quintero in 1948 and they had five children: Suzanna, Victor, Peter, Theodore and Mary.
He was a businessman and owned and ran the De Anza Lumber Company from 1959 to1985. He was an avid golfer and played weekly at his beloved Shoreline golf course. He was also an avid bird watcher and nature enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife Nellie, their five children and spouses; and 12 grandchildren. He will be dearly missed, loved ones said. A memorial service will be held Mon., Oct.18, at 1 p.m. at Rengstorff House, Shoreline Park, 3070 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be sent to a charity of choice.
Laurel Ann Hiatt, 65, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Atherton, died Sept. 18,
Born in southern California and raised in Los Altos, she received her bachelor's degree from Principia College in Illinois. She went on to graduate from Stanford Business School in 1967 as one of only two women in the graduating class.
That same year, she married James A. Hiatt, who became known as a local real estate developer. She worked for IBM, then dedicated her time to raising four daughters and being active in the local community. Twenty years later, she re-established herself in the workforce as a financial planner.
As a lifelong Christian Scientist, she served the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Menlo Park, in many capacities.
She is survived by her four daughters, Emily Vesely of Menlo Park, Chelsea Hiatt Farley of Pacifica, Mindy Castle of Martinez, Jamie Hiatt of Donner Summit; three grandchildren; her father Edgar Fuller and half-sister Tracy Fuller, of Palos Verdes.
Donations in her honor may be contributed to The Christian Science Peninsula Visiting Nurse Service (CSPVNS), P. O. Box 7141, Menlo Park 94026; First Church of Christ, Scientist, 201 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, 94025; or Bear Valley Search & Rescue (or BVSAR), 477 Summit Blvd., PO Box 2083, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.
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