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Lyford "Brownie" Combs
June 23, 1920 - Aug. 18, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Lyford “Brownie” Combs died peacefully at Vi, Palo Alto on August 18, surrounded by his loving family. A Marine and master mechanic, a golfer and grandfather, a tremendous storyteller and ballroom dancer, Brownie lived every moment of his 96 rich years. Brownie was born in Corning, Missouri. He joined the United States Marine Corps, and in 1939 began his proud service as part of the Greatest Generation. Brownie was stationed in Guam during a Typhoon, and received a commendation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his work toward the recovery effort. He was later selected to represent the Marines in FDR’s honor guard. Upon returning from Guam, Brownie was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, assigned to guard the Bay Bridge when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was promoted to Captain and served in the Korean War before joining the Marine Corps Reserves and eventually retiring honorably in 1963. Brownie married native San Franciscan, Lee Porta, in 1945 in Quantico, Virginia. After the War, they made their home in Palo Alto, where they lived for nearly sixty years. As Stanford employees and the truest of Cardinal fans, Brownie and Lee faithfully attende...

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Nicholas Jenkins
Jan. 2, 1983 - Aug. 11, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Nick Jenkins, 33, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park passed away August 11, 2016, after a 7-year battle with a brain tumor. Nick never complained while enduring multiple treatments and faced each setback with strength, dignity and a sense of humor. We will always remember Nick for his kindness and compassion for friends, children and animals. Nick graduated from M-A in 2001 and after working a variety of jobs, returned to school at Santa Barbara City College where, as an older student, he excelled and began to realize his potential. Diagnosis of the tumor in 2009 cut his education short and he returned to Menlo Park for treatment. Nick loved playing baseball and played in Alpine Little League, Alpine Senior League on regular season and All-Star teams and at M-A where he made the varsity as a starting pitcher as a sophomore. In his junior year, he maintained an ERA of less than 1.0. He pitched for a short time at Canada College before shoulder surgery ended his career. Nick was a Giants fan his whole life and a Warriors fan way before they were good. Nick is survived by his parents, Carrie and Colin, his brothers Sam and Gabe, his cat Squints and a large extended ...

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Arnold T. Ambrosini
April 20, 1926 - Aug. 5, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Arnold T. Ambrosini, born April 20, 1926, in San Francisco, California, died on Aug. 5, 2016, at the age of 90, in Palo Alto. Arnie grew up in San Francisco, attended Lowell High School, then studied electrical engineering at University of California, Berkeley, where he met his future wife, Sylvia, through Cal’s student music groups, Glee Club and Treble Clef. During World War II, he served as a radio operator in the Merchant Marines, serving for several years and making at least two trips through the Panama Canal. After the war, he completed his UC Berkeley bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and began his professional engineering career, eventually establishing a successful firm, Ambrosini & Chalmers, which designed and installed electrical systems in municipal water treatment and pumping facilities throughout California. He and Sylvia married in 1950 and lived in Woodside and Palo Alto. Travel and music were among Arnie’s greatest passions. He and Sylvia explored nearly 50 countries, and even while enjoying his travels he was always planning the next great adventure. He was an insatiable traveler, a connoisseur of delicious food and wine, an opera lover a...

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John Taber Differding
Nov. 1, 1933 - Aug. 3, 2016
Palo Alto, California

John T. Differding died August 3, 2016, in Palo Alto. A third generation California native, he was born November 1, 1933, in Richmond. He excelled as a high school student in Polson, Montana, and San Jose, California, before attending Stanford University. John graduated with honors from Stanford Medical School in 1959. After residencies at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Oregon Medical School, he became a pathologist, spending his career at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic from 1966 to 1998. He served on the faculty of Stanford University Medical Center as Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and brought a high standard of ethics to his profession. John loved playing tennis and was a long-time member of the Foothills Tennis & Swim Club. He won five Palo Alto City Tennis Championships and ranked 8th in Northern California in 1979. He also enjoyed reading about subjects from archaeology to zoology and had a boundless interest in learning. John was very fond of animals and reciprocated the unconditional love of every dog who knew him. He is survived by two daughters, Joan and Amy, and three grandchildren....

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Archer "Duncan" King
April 29, 1937 - July 30, 2016
Auburn, California

Archer “Duncan” King, Jr. passed away July 30, 2016, at his home in Auburn, California, surrounded by family. Duncan lived the majority of his life in Palo Alto, California, graduating from Palo Alto High in 1955. After Palo Alto, he moved to Bodega Bay, finally retiring to Auburn to be close to family. He was many things: husband, father, grandpa, attorney, artist, fisherman and traveler, to name a few. He is survived by his wife, children and many grandchildren. ...

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Ray Anthony Boulding
Dec. 11, 1955 - July 29, 2016
East Palo Alto, California

Ray A. Boulding, 60, was born on December 11, 1955. He died suddenly on July 29. He was a resident of East Palo Alto. Ray loved music, working out and riding his motorcycle. He was an employee of San Mateo County for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife Maudry, his daughters, Andrea and Victoria and his grandson Christopher....

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William Fred Dean
Sept. 30, 1954 - July 28, 2016
East Palo Alto, California

William (Bill) Fred Dean was born to Annie Shelly Knight and Fred Harold Dean on September 30, 1954, in Oakland California, where he grew up. He passed July 28, 2016, at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, California. Bill attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, graduating in 1972, where he was an excellent student and ran Varsity Track. He earned an academic scholarship to the University of California Berkeley where he attended for three years until 1975, leaving to join the Air Force serving the majority of his time at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was honorably discharged in May 1978 from active duty and finished his service in the reserves in Hayward and Moffett Air Force Bases, both in California. He resumed his education at California State University at Hayward (now California State University East Bay) and graduated in June 1980 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in Business. He completed one year of his MBA while there and also worked for the Girl Scouts, beginning his employment serving others. In early 1982 he began a long career at San Mateo County where he continued to be employed at the time of his death. He worked in...

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Katharine “Nan” Anne Blackledge
Nov. 16, 1924 - July 14, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Nan Blackledge, 91, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2016 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, California with family by her side. Katharine Anne “Nan” Bolender was born November 16, 1924, in Los Angeles, California to Louise (Kelly) Bolender and Joseph Bolender. Nan’s grandfather William Kelly was owner and editor of the Palo Alto Times newspaper. Nan graduated from Palo Alto High School and Stanford University with a B.A. in biology. Nan was a member of the Chi Omega sorority at Stanford. She earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education at San Diego State University. Nan was married to Francis Haxo from 1946 to 1954. They had 2 children, John and Barbara. From 1954 to 1960, Nan was married to Conrad Limbaugh, having 2 daughters, Peggy and Nancy. Nan was married to Edgar Blackledge from 1974 to 1991. Nan was a teacher in the Palo Alto Public Schools for many years. As “Mrs. Limbaugh”, she coached a winning swim team, taught P.E. at junior and senior high schools, and formed a popular after-school Folkdance Club. Before teaching in Palo Alto, Nan had various jobs. In the 1950’s in San Diego, CA, Nan assisted her husband Conrad Limbaugh in his marine biol...

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Darle A. Maveety
Oct. 24, 1929 - Aug. 9, 2016 Palo Alto, California

Darle Ann Hermann Maveety died peacefully at her home at The Vi at Palo Alto. Darle was born in Astoria, Oregon to Otto Hermann and Marie Scuddings Hermann. She grew up in Portland, Oregon. Her father was a construction engineer that built the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, the St. John...

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Robert (Bob) E. Haeckl
Aug. 19, 1964 - Aug. 8, 2016 Mountain View, California

Bob Haeckl, a resident of Mountain View, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 8, 2016 from an undetected enlarged heart at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He generously and whole-heartedly loved his family and friends. Robert (Bob) Everette Haeckl was born in ...

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Justin M. Jacobs, Jr.
Aug. 28, 1933 - Aug. 7, 2016 Atherton, California

Justin Manning Jacobs, Jr., a beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, companion, and friend, lost his valiant battle with cancer on August 7, 2016. He was 82 years old. He passed peacefully at home with loved ones by his side. Justin was born August 28, 1933, in San Francisco to Justin Man...

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Robert E. Hintz
Dec. 13, 1948 - Aug. 4, 2016 Redwood City, California

Robert (Bob) Edwin Hintz, age 67, succumbed to gastric cancer on Aug. 4, 2016, surrounded by loved ones in his home in Redwood City, CA. Born on December 13, 1948, in New Britain, CT, to Edward and Dorothy Hintz, Bob was the 2nd of 5 boys (Edward, Mike, Eric, and Arthur) who all loved sports and ...

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