Lasting Memories

Whit Newton
April 20, 1936-Feb. 27, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Whit Newton passed away at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his large and loving family, who had watched him face his declining health with his trademark buoyancy and strength. He was and is incredibly loved by his wife, Marcia, his four children and their families including his nine grandchildren, and all the many other people (and animals) he nurtured and loved throughout his interesting and exuberant life.

Whit was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. He also lived in the Philippines, Guam and Hong Kong, moving to “the mainland” for college. He attended Oregon State and then University of California, Berkeley, where he met his wife Marcia. They lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, where Whit, his brother, John and his father, Robert founded the company American Marine, Ltd., which became best known for Grand Banks yachts. From 1975 on Whit and Marcia lived in Los Altos and Menlo Park. Whit ran several businesses including Newton Office Furniture, Data Storage and Silk Dynasty. Most recently, Whit continued his life-long passion for boating by brokering yachts under Richard Boland Yachts in Alameda.

Whit’s primary love was coaching and encouraging others. He was a Little League baseball coach in Hong Kong and Los Altos, a YBA basketball coach and for one year the Menlo School JV girls basketball coach. He was known for his great sense of humor, loving approach to life, and inclusivity of all those he met. He will be missed by many.

From Marjorie Lowry
April 23, 2019

Dear Newton Family- I found out today about the passing of your husband and dad, and want to share my deepest condolences to your family. He was an amazing man- a light has gone out in this world but will continue to shine in your hearts. My prayers of comfort to you in this time.

From Earle P Martin Jr
March 14, 2019

Whit led a wonderful and courageous life! His beautiful wife, Marcia, and his entire family truly enjoyed him and all he gave to them and so many others! He will be greatly missed!

From Melinda and Sam Stubbs
March 14, 2019

Whit was a one-of-a-kind incredible man and we feel blessed to call him family. We are ever so thankful for his life and how he touched everyone who was lucky enough to know him. We love you, Whit.