Stephen Norman Hynding
Sept. 14, 1940-Jan. 31, 2021
Submitted by Gail Hynding
Stephen Norman Hynding died on January 31, 2021 at his home in Woodside after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Steve was born in Mills hospital in San Mateo. He grew up in South San Francisco with his parents Norman C. Hynding, his mother Dorothy May Hynding, his older brother the late Dr. Alan A. Hynding and his younger brother Norman C. Hynding, Jr. As kids the boys would climb the hill behind their house and slide down historic Sign Hill: “South SanFrancisco-The Industrial City”.
Steve always excelled at sports, football at Lick Wilmerding High School and then at College of San Mateo. At Cal, Berkeley, he threw the discus and shot put. After college it was rugby. He had a rugby game the day before his wedding and showed up with a faint shiner!
He graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Engineering. Then it was off to Lubbock, Texas to complete his Air Force Reserve commitment. Returning to Berkeley to “find a wife” he met Gail Wilson from Palo Alto while playing bridge. They were married in 1967. They played bridge with friends for the next 54 years.
Steve was very comfortable around tools. He could fix anything. When his future mother-in-law first met him she handed him a combination lock she had forgotten the combination to. He solved it in five minutes. We never had a repairman in our house. He could repair anything with duct tape and glue! And tools, if necessary.
In February 1968 his Air Force Reserve group got called up to deal with the capture of the USS Pueblo by the North Koreans. Steve was assigned to Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin. For almost two years he commuted between our home in Millbrae, his job in South San Francisco, and Hamilton. It took its toll on his health. After his honorable discharge his doctor suggested he take up golf to relieve his stress. Obviously that doctor had never played golf!
Steve became an active member of California Golf Club in South San Francisco. After a year his handicap was about a 10. It would eventually get down to a 4. One of his greatest joys was shooting a 69 on his 40th birthday. In 2007 he joined Menlo Country Club in Woodside and a year later bought a condo on a golf course in Palm Desert. The man loved golf. Over his golf career he had 5 holes-in-one.
Steve and Gail raised three children in Woodside: Steve, Jr , Scott, and Kristi. They had many parties in the backyard. Steve will always be remembered for being the first one in line at any buffett. And he never met a desert he didn’t like, especially ice cream. He would say ice cream filled all the nooks and crannies in his stomach so he always had room.
Steve will be missed for his wry and irreverent sense of humor, his honesty and love of family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gail, his children Steve and wife Sheri, from Los Angeles, their two kids Lily 13 and Max 10. Also, son, Scott, of Pacific Grove; daughter Kristi and her husband, Darryl, from Iowa and their daughters Kelsey 19 months and Hailey seven weeks.
Steve would rather have donations made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or Sequoia Hospital Foundation instead of flowers