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.