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Elizabeth Loughran Whitehill
May 19, 1927 - May 24, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: teacher/educator

Elizabeth "Betsey" Whitehill died peacefully in her home on May 24, 2020 in Palo Alto, CA at the age of 93. Betsey was born on May 19, 1927 in London, England to Joseph Loughran and Eliza Horsley. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology in 1953. She married Kenneth Whitehill in 1958 and raised three sons, Steven, David, and Peter, in Palo Alto, CA. Betsey was a substitute ...

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Tom Collins
Oct. 13, 1934 - May 22, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Thomas “Tom” Joseph Collins, of Palo Alto, CA, died at Mission Hospice in Redwood City on May 22, 2020, after a short illness. Tom was a terrific dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and, most of all, husband—he sorely missed his wife Marge every day of the ten years since her death. Tom had a robust appetite for life, food, wine, and family, and he had friends across the country and ...

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Raj Marphatia
June 17, 1959 - May 8, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Raj Marphatia passed away from cancer in his home in Palo Alto, California on May 8, 2020. He was at peace with his illness and reached the end of his life lovingly surrounded by his daughters, Maya and Leena, and his partner, Carolyn. Family and friends around the world were present in spirit. The beloved son of Chandrakala and Ravi Marphatia, Raj grew up in Bombay, India. At 17, he came ...

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James O. Starr
Dec. 28, 1934 - May 7, 2020
Portola Valley, California
Our beloved patriarch, James Oliver Starr, born December 28, 1934, passed on May 7, 2020 after a brief struggle with pancreatic carcinoma. Jim was raised in Yosemite Valley and attended the Valley’s one-room school through the eighth grade – he moved to Fresno, California to complete his high school education. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 3 years, Jim trained in dentistry at the Univ...

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Regina Clyne
Sept. 23, 1934 - May 2, 2020
Menlo Park, CA
Regina passed away peacefully at her home in Sharon Heights (Menlo Park) after living gracefully for years with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born on September 23, 1934 in San Francisco to parents Lucille (Stryker) and Reginald Craig. She spent her youth in San Francisco attending Star of the Sea Catholic School, and later worked for the Hawaiian Oil Company of San Francisco. In 1957 she marri...

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Linda Williams
Sept. 13, 1938 - April 27, 2020
Lincoln, California
Linda Price Williams joined her angels on April 27, 2020, surrounded with the love of her family, at home in Sun City Lincoln Hills, CA. She was unexpectedly taken by a stroke. Her sunny personality will be missed by many. Linda grew up climbing trees and exploring grassy fields in Menlo Park, CA when it was still “in the country.” Her life was about doing everything to the fullest. She was a...

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Nicholas Leonard Spetzler
March 24, 2004 - April 23, 2020
Portola Valley, California
Our beloved son, Nicholas, passed away on April 23rd at the age of 16. This was a sudden and unexpected exit, although Nico did have a known heart condition. He had had a good day, taking walks in the California spring, working on his Dungeons & Dragons world to play with his friends. Nico was in a good place in his too-short life – engaging in lively debate the evening before with his grandpa...

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Harold Sweeney
Oct. 18, 1927 - April 22, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Tags: veteran, public service

Harold Earl Sweeney, 92, of Menlo Park passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, April 22.  Harold was born October 18, 1927 in Fairmont, Minnesota to James and Irene Sweeney and was the youngest of their 3 children.  After graduating from high school, Harold enlisted into the Navy and was one of Captain Eddy's boys, the country's brightest during WWII for Navy Radar School. He earned a BS fr...

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Robert Otis Jack
July 21, 1930 - April 22, 2020
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran, business, public service

Robert Otis Jack, age 89, died peacefully surrounded by his family (one at a time due to the Coronavirus), on April 22rd, 2020. Bob was born in Arlington, South Dakota on July 21, 1930 to Rollo and Ethel (Cottingham) Jack. In high school he was active in sports, playing on the varsity basketball team, as well as in journalism, where he was the editor of his school newspaper. He was Valedictorian ...

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John Joseph Prendergast
May 4, 1937 - April 21, 2020
Palo Alto, California
JOHN JOSEPH PRENDERGAST Resident of Palo Alto May 4, 1937-April 21, 2020 John Joseph Prendergast quietly passed away Tuesday afternoon at his Palo Alto home. A resident of Palo Alto for over 50 years, Dr. Prendergast was a renowned endocrinologist known for his supportive and gentle manner with patients. Dr. Joe believed that medicine was best practiced when patients understood they had t...

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Carleton Crosby Hoffner, Jr.
April 23, 1931 - April 21, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Carleton Crosby Hoffner, Jr. died in his home 2 days before his 89th birthday. He passed peacefully with his loving son and wife of 66 years by his side. As the only child born to Rear Admiral Carleton C. Hoffner, Sr. and Josephine Huber Hoffner in Washington DC on April 23, 1931, Carl wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S.Navy. While growing up, Carl became active ...

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Malcolm MacLeod
Nov. 20, 1933 - April 20, 2020
Palo Alto, California

Tags: sports

We are heart-broken to announce that Malcolm MacLeod, born November 20, 1933, age 86, died on April 20, 2020, in Palo Alto, California, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Malcolm fought with determination, fortitude, and good grace. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Inglewood, California to Scottish immigrant parents, Annie MacAulay MacLeod and Duncan MacLeod, Malcolm was a first generati...

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Mary Jo Milks
July 21, 1920 - April 20, 2020
Mountain View, California
Mary Jo Milks passed away peacefully on the morning of April 20, 2020. Mary Jo was born in Springfield, NE, on July 21, 1920. In 1939, a year after graduating from high school, she, her mother, and her sister moved to Santa Cruz, CA, to care for an elderly relative. She graduated from Santa Cruz Business School then went to work for the Quartermaster Department at Fort Ord, where she remaine...

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Emily Schatz
June 5, 1988 - April 19, 2020
Los Angeles, California
Emily Schatz, beloved daughter, sister and friend, died unexpectedly on April 19, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 31 years old. Emily was born on June 5, 1988 at Stanford Hospital to parents Steven Schatz and Caroline Tonetti. She attended Oak Knoll elementary school in Menlo Park and later attended the Menlo School in Atherton for middle and high school. In college at Woodbury Univ...

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Mildred Martha Mario
Sept. 22, 1939 - April 17, 2020
Key West, Florida

Tags: public service

Mildred Martha Daume Mario, former chair of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board and past president of the statewide California Preservation Foundation, known to everyone in town as Millie, died April 17th in Key West after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 80. Born in Brooklyn to German immigrant parents who had fled the collapsing Weimar Republic in 1930, she was educated in New York...

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Jason Valdes
Dec. 28, 1964 - April 11, 2020
Saratoga, California
Jason Ramon Valdes, a 30-year resident of Menlo Park, died April 11, 2020, in Saratoga, Calif. He was born in San Francisco in 1964 and moved to Menlo Park in 1973 and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He launched a gardening and landscaping business, creating beautiful projects with consideration for attracting butterflies, birds, frogs a...

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Beverly M. Oaks
Sept. 7, 1925 - April 11, 2020
Woodside, California
Beverly M. Oaks Obituary Beverly died April 11th 2020 at the age of 94. Bev was a resident of Woodside, CA, for 51 years and a lifelong resident of San Mateo County. She attended local elementary schools and Burlingame high school. Bev was athletic and lettered in sports. She played in the Drum and Bugle corps and played drums in high school, where she met Norman Oaks whom she later married. B...

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