Jan. 17, 1951 - July 15, 2017
San Francisco, California
Geoff portrayed the cosmos, with pen and ink, acrylic paint and pixels. His paintings revealed the sublime wonder of the universe, the luminous beauty of distant galaxies, and the conceptual leap to infinity. Rooted in scientific fact and theory, the unseen mysteries emerge tangible and harmonious. His work transcended the genres of astronomical and space art, with his unique vision and technical ability. Geoff grew up in Portola Valley, attended Woodside High School, and was educated at California College of Arts & Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland. In addition to numerous group exhibitions, he had solo shows of his paintings at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum. Another solo exhibition of his drawings was held at the San Jose Museum of Art. He organized and curated a show of Space Art at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View CA. His paintings were featured on covers of Time and Omni Magazines, numerous books, calendars, posters and note cards. During the 70s and 80s, he exhibited frequently at the Illuminarium Gallery, the premiere showplace of Visionary Art. He later mastered Photoshop, and made surreal and complex digita...
Russell Charles Evarts
April 7, 1947 - July 11, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Evarts, Russell Charles, 70, a 31 year resident of Palo Alto, passed away Tuesday 11 July 2017 at home with family at his side. Russ was born 7 April 1947 and raised in Milford, Connecticut. His love of history, the great outdoors, and maps drew him to his interest in geology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his doctorate at Stanford University. Dr. Russell C. Evarts spent his career with the U.S. Geological Survey, primarily conducting field studies and mapping in the Pacific Northwest. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and was granted the Meritorious Service Award of the Department of the Interior. He is survived by his wife, Alice Frances (Stiewing) Evarts of Palo Alto, and their son, Matthew Aaron Evarts and his wife Maria Pauline (Johnson) Evarts of Redwood City, CA. In addition, Russ leaves behind his granddaughters Sophie Sierra Evarts and River Aria Evarts of Redwood City, CA. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Brian Frederick Evarts of Colchester, CT, Wendy Anne (Evarts) Phillips of Palo Alto, CA, Evelyn Alice Evarts of Warren, VT, and Frederick Savage Evarts of Killingworth, CT....
Kristine Elizabeth Mahood
July 7, 1952 - June 27, 2017
Kristine Mahood, 64, 25-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 27, 2017. She was born July 7, 1952, in Palo Alto, California. She attended Washington State University, Pullman, in History; University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor's degree in English; and San Jose State University, earning a Master of Library Science degree. She worked at Palo Alto City Library, Rowan County Library in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Timberland Regional Library in Olympia, Washington, retiring in 2016. Her books are: The Mosher Survey: Sexual Attitudes of Forty-Five Victorian Women (co-edited with James Mahood, May 1980), A Passion for Print: Promoting Reading and Books to Teens (written March 2006), and Booktalking with Teens (written March 2010). Devoted wife to James Mahood of Olympia, Washington, whom she married July 2, 1989, loving sister to Eric Wenburg of Mountain View, California, writer with pen and keyboard, voracious reader, cartoonist, dressmaker, quilter, knitter, champion for young adult readers, fiercely intelligent and productive, Kristine also had an impish sense of humor and satire, publishing letter-sized daily editions of "The News" and "The Snooze" and often r...
Etta E Klein
Sept. 1, 1920 - June 22, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Etta Klein, 96, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at her home in Menlo Park. Services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Rabbi Janet Marder of Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, officiated. Etta valued being productive, independent, American, and optimistic. She produced award-winning sales for over 46 years, until retirement at 84. Key to being independent was keeping fit. Etta exercised with her friends at the YMCA in the 80s & 90s, and with her gang at Little House for the last 20 years. Her parents, Samuel and Alta Goldman, arrived at Ellis Island in 1906 and started over in Chicago. Etta, born in 1920, brought home English and excellent grades. She married Oscar Klein in 1942 and raised their son Sam until her husband returned from WWII. Oscar died in 1980, and Etta moved to California in 1998 to join daughter Michele’s family. Etta felt responsible to be American and privileged to vote. She celebrated July 4th and Veteran’s Day as one who personally understood their meaning. Thanksgiving and Passover were her times to shine. She cracked up guests with jokes at holiday tables, and showed us all how to enjoy ourselves. She...
Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...
Steven R. Sommer
March 4, 1955 - July 13, 2017 Menlo Park, CA
Steven Richard Sommer died in his home on July 13, 2017, in Menlo Park, California, due to complications following a valiant battle with metastatic thyroid cancer. He was 62. Steve was born on March 4, 1955, in New York City, the second child of Sandra and the late Morton Sommer. He spent his chi...
Janet M. Hermsen
Aug. 20, 1934 - July 2, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Janet Hermsen passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family. Janet attended Beaumont Elementary and Grant High Schools in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State College in Business Education in 1956. She married Robert Hermsen in 1957, and they made their home in Palo Alto. A p...
May 2, 1932 - June 28, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Donald H. Mayall of Palo Alto died on June 28 after a brief illness. He was 85. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he grew up with nature and a family farm nearby, which instilled a life-long, deep attachment to the natural world. His family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was twelve. Attendi...