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David Mitchell, lawyer and community volunteer, dies at 83

Original post made on Dec 26, 2018

David Mitchell, a Palo Alto attorney, environmental advocate and community volunteer, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83 years old.

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Posted by Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 26, 2018 at 10:26 am

Thank you for this hope-filled remembrance of a leader who cared deeply about this community and its present and enduring health and well-being. Our sympathies to Mr. Mitchell's family members and many friends.


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Posted by Nancy Walker
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2018 at 6:05 am

Thank you for your wonderful tribute to my first cousin, David Walker Mitchell. He was a leader, not only in his beloved Palo Alto, but also in our family. The first born of our generation, the tallest, the “best and the brightest,” he was the one my sisters and I literally looked up to. Although we were the early targets of some of his pranks, we value him most for what he taught us throughout his life: the importance of family, love, laughter, and generosity.


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Posted by Mitch Miller
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm

I met Dave in 1983, when I joined the development team for the Garden Court Hotel, then just an idea. As the new Project Director I recommended that we terminate our lawyers and hire Dave to help save a project that was going nowhere largely due to an ill conceived legal and financial strategy. After Sam Webster spoke to Dave (his personal lawyer), Dave concurred and Hopkins, Mitchell & Carly came on board to help save the project. The result; the beautiful Garden Court Hotel. I had a number of opportunities through the years to work with Dave, the consummate gentleman, scholar, and sage. Always a pleasure! He will be dearly missed. My condolences to the family.


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