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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Deaths Deaths (August 10, 2005)

Dean C. Buehler

Dean C. Buehler, 82, a resident of Palo Alto, died July 19 after a long fight with kidney cancer.

He was born Aug. 24, 1922, in Ogden, Utah. He graduated from Utah University with a degree in engineering after serving with the U.S. Navy from 1942-44 during World War II.

He received his MBA from the Stanford Business School in 1950, where he met and married his wife, Diane. He owned his own construction company, Dean C. Buehler, Inc. for 15 years, and later worked for McGuire &Hester construction in Oakland.

He was known as a lover of the outdoors, an avid skier, golfer, fisherman, and back-packer. He was also a member of the Palo Alto Elks Lodge #1471 for 45 years. Beyond his avid outdoor activities, Buehler enjoyed opera and musicals, as well as watching football and baseball games.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Buehler; sons, Mark, Scott, Clark and Paul Buehler; daughters, Anne Biller and Karen Buehler; one grandson; five granddaughters; one great-grandson; and nine brothers and sisters, as well as many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Memorial services have been held.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 W. Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Mary Critchett

Mary Critchett, 100, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, died July 11.

A native of Michigan, she received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her master's degree at the University of Michigan. Following her graduation, she taught school in Michigan and Ohio, and then for 26 years worked as a teacher and advisor in Winnetke, Ill.

She moved to California and made her home in Palo Alto where she was an active member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She also worked as a volunteer on the Red Cross Blood Bank Drives.

She is survived by her nephew, Dan Critchett of Orlando, Fla.; nephew, David Critchett of Ann Arbor, Mich.; nephew, Don Critchett of Cumming, Ga.; and several grand nieces and nephews.

A prayer service has been held. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.

Georgene Jones

Georgene Doutre Jones, 79, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died July 13 from diabetes.

She was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Logan, Utah, and had been a resident of the Bay Area since 1950, when she married her loving husband of 55 years, Fay Fuhriman Jones, on June 21, 1950. They immediately moved to Palo Alto.

She was a singer and artist, who gave solo concerts before the age of 12, performing all over Utah in churches, concerts and musicals. When she was only 15 she gave her first concert performance in Los Angeles as a guest soloist with the Los Angeles orchestra at the LA Civic Center.

She attended Utah State University in Logan on a music scholarship, graduating in 1947. After graduation, she was selected in a talent contest for the state of Utah for an NBC talent audition and a Hollywood screen test, appearing on television and her own series of sponsored radio programs.

However, she wanted to continue her serious classical voice training and went to the East Coast, studying at Boston University and Julliard University School of Music in New York City, where she also sang with the Metropolitan Opera. She decided that marriage and family were more important, so she came to Menlo Park as a new bride where her husband was studying at Stanford for his MBA.

Throughout the majority of her life, she was active in teaching voice in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, with many of her students awarded music scholarships to colleges and universities. In addition to her teaching, she sang in churches of all denominations and performed at many events, charities and functions all over California, Nevada and Utah. She was also a soloist numerous times for one of her favorite bodies of music; Handel's "Messiah," including the annual production of this musical masterpiece at the Los Angeles Music Center.

Early in her adulthood, she headed a choral department at a secondary school and she also served in many capacities in her church, working with teenagers and music. Later in her life, as her children left the home for college, she extended her love of working with teenagers to a 20-year career of teaching at Menlo-Atherton High School, where she worked with students who had learning issues.

Her husband continues to reside in Menlo Park in the home they built together for their family more than 41 years ago.

She is survived by her husband, Fay Fuhriman Jones of Menlo Park; four children and their spouses, Richard Doutre Jones and Shelli Green Jones of San Diego; Cynthia Jones Callaghan and John Callaghan of Seattle, Wash.; Stanton Doutre Jones and Nancy Harris Jones of Park City, Utah; and Marshall Doutre Jones and Cindy Brown Jones of Coto de Caza, Calif; a sister, Edith Doutre Snapp of Escondido, Calif.; a brother, David Lamar Doutre of Salt Lake City, Utah; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services have been held. In lieu of flowers, please give to the American Diabetes Association.

Linda Kustin

Linda Perry Kustin, 60, a Stanford graduate who worked for the university for more than 25 years, died of cancer July 22.

Her career at Stanford began when she worked there part-time at the Center for Radar Astronomy while attending Foothill College. She later transferred to Stanford, where she earned her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1975 and then joined the Food Research Institute as an associate editor. Her associates remember the talent, dedication and wonderful spirit she brought to her work.

She was born Linda Lou Woolman Feb. 19, 1945, in Peru to American parents. After returning to the United States, her family moved to Europe, where she attended an international high school in Geneva, and then attended a bilingual secretarial course.

After brief residences in Dallas, Texas and London, she married Patrick Gribbin of Britain and moved to the Bay Area. After two years, she divorced and remarried Douglas Hazlett Perry of Atherton, with whom she spent two years teaching English in Padang, Indonesia.

Returning once more to Palo Alto, Kustin returned to her previous job as an editor and administrator at the Food Research institute, and their life traveling, reading and watching Masterpeice Theatre together until her husband's death in 1997.

In 2001, she married Richard Kustin, a college professor. In addition to him, she is survived by her daughter, Tristan Gribbin; her son, Benjamin Perry; her parents, Vern and Ruth Woolman; her sister, Verna Sacchi and her sister, Jackie Stebler.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in the memory of Linda Perry Kustin may be made to the Hospice Department, Kaiser Permanente, 1150 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94363.

Peter Morton

Dr. Peter Ray Morton, 49, a resident of East Palo Alto, died July 19.

Born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Penn., to Walter and Riva Morton, he moved to California with his family when he was only 3 weeks old.

He graduated from Laguna Beach High School where he excelled as a scholar, water polo player and swimmer. He attended both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine and received dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology. He received his doctorate in chemistry from USC.

He relocated to East Palo Alto in 1989 to begin his career as director of research and development at Romic Environmental Technologies. In 1994, Peter established his own consulting firm, Peter Ray Morton and Associates.

He is remembered as a gifted scientist who generously expressed his love of the environment through his patented technological innovations for recovering hazardous waste.

For the past decade, he and his long-time partner, Susan, worked with Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and other organizations, providing housing for families in need. He also volunteered as a tutor for "at-risk" students in the community.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Benson Morton, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Riva Morton Dimond; his step-father, Mark Dimond; his brothers, Eric Morton and Bruce Morton; his sister, Rachel Morton Kent; his three nieces, Haven Kent, Kendra Kent, and Tonia Morton; his aunt, Ruth Meskin; his cousins, Jacob Meskin and Ben Meskin; his uncle Jay and family; his friend since birth, Michael Utin; his constant companion and love, Susan Rigmaiden; and many other close friends and admirers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made as a memorial to Peter Ray Morton to Peninsula Habitat for Humanity 690 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063-3103, or United States Holocause memorial Museum at, or Bay Area Hapkido Scholarship Fund 617 Mountain View Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.

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