John Pear, a lifelong resident of Mountain View and Los Altos, died April 7. He was 82.
Pear was the son of one of Mountain View's pioneer families. His parents, Martin and Milica Pear, emigrated from Croatia. He was born on a ranch in Mountain View, and later lived in Los Altos. He graduated from Mountain View High School, where he played football, and went on to play football at California State University, San Jose.
After a tour in Germany with the U.S. Army, Pear worked as a contractor in Silicon Valley, where he worked on commercial and residential developments, as well as his own developments. He was member of the Mountain View Historical Association, the Napredak Club, Native Sons, and Sons in Retirement.
He is survived by Edna, his wife of 56 years; and his sons Mark and former Mountain View mayor Matt Pear. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe.
A memorial Mass was held on April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. William Church in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.