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John C. Martin
May 7, 1951 - March 30, 2021
Palo Alto, California
John C. Martin, former CEO of Gilead Sciences who helped develop the first once-a-day pill to treat HIV while at the helm of the company, died unexpectedly on March 30 after suffering head injuries from a fall the previous day. He was 69. Martin is believed to have fallen while walking near Coleridge Avenue and Bryant Street on March 29, said Franklin Johnson, founder of Asset Management Compan...

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Cathy Frances Latterell
June 30, 1926 - March 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Cathy Frances Latterell, a Palo Alto, CA resident of 51 years, passed away at the age of 94 at her home from a lengthy illness on March 28, 2021. Cathy was born on June 30, 1926 at Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco to Clark Matthew and Frances Ann Franklin. Cathy and her older brother, Dave, were raised in The City, Marin County and the San Joaquin Valley. Upon graduation from Madera Hig...

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Chet Frankenfield
Dec. 10, 1933 - March 27, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Chester (Chet) Frankenfield died peacefully on March 27, 2021, in Palo Alto at the age of 87. Born in Erwinna, Pennsylvania, a small rural community in Bucks County, Chet attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse for eight years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and attended Officers Candidate ...

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Robin Quist Gates
Nov. 10, 1927 - March 21, 2021
Woodside, USA

Tags: arts/media

Robin Quist Gates, known as "Binnie" by family and friends, died peacefully at home in Woodside, California on March 21, 2021. She was 93 years old. Those who knew Binnie knew her humor, grace and generosity. She contributed widely and quietly to local universities, animal shelters, public museums and women’s health non-profits. She always kept an eye out for those in need including, most re...

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Mar Dayag Balmonte
Sept. 30, 1953 - March 21, 2021
East Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Mar D. Balmonte, age 67, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2021. He had surgery in November that was successful but due to complications after surgery he developed debilitating conditions that prolonged his recovery and eventually thwarted any chance of recovery. He had fought hard. He will now be able to rest and no longer suffer. His wife, four daughters, and a son-in-law (who quickly visited)...

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Kathleen Marshall Diekroeger
March 9, 1962 - March 19, 2021
Woodside, CA
Kathleen Marshall Diekroeger (59), of Woodside, CA died peacefully at home of pancreatic cancer on March 19, 2021 surrounded by her family. Kathy, the daughter of Michael and Janet Marshall, was born in Norristown, PA in 1962. She grew up in Bensalem, PA and then Stow, MA. She attended Nashoba Regional High School and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984 with a degree in Economics. At Dartmout...

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William John Gardner
June 8, 1933 - March 18, 2021
Portola Valley, CA

Tags: veteran, business

William John Gardner of Portola Valley passed away peacefully surrounded by family. John born in Oakland to William John and Lois M. Gardner, grew up in Piedmont and attended Piedmont High School where he played basketball and maintained lifelong friendships with teammates and coach. John graduated from Stanford University in 1955 then served as a lieutenant in the Navy. He returned to Stanfo...

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Janet McClure Lyman
Oct. 9, 1925 - March 18, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Janet McClure Lyman, a resident of Palo Alto for more than sixty years, passed away peacefully of natural causes at age 95 on March 18th, 2021, in Petaluma, California, where she had lived since 2018. Janet came to Palo Alto from the east coast. She was born on October 9th, 1925, to Thomas Harvey McClure and Ada Gibson McClure (neé Titus) and grew up in Pelham, New York with her older sister B...

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Craig Wendall Laughton
April 30, 1950 - March 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Craig Laughton, longtime resident of College Terrace, passed away on Wed. March 17, a victim of brain cancer. Craig was born in Salinas, CA, and was raised in Soledad, CA. He attended Gonzales High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football, and went on to graduate as the valedictorian. After graduation he attended Stanford University and majored with a degree in Biology in 1972. ...

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Gayle Lensing Rimerman
July 16, 1949 - March 12, 2021
Calistoga, California

Tags: public service

Gayle Lensing Rimerman, a long-time resident of Menlo Park and Calistoga, died peacefully on March 12, 2021. Gayle spent her life helping others, serving on Peninsula and Napa Valley community boards, organizing fundraisers, and volunteering. She was president of the Palo Alto Junior League from 1989-90 and a driving force behind Christmas in April. She brought whimsical playhouses to the Sta...

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Howard Hoyt
July 16, 1928 - March 11, 2021
Walnut Creek, California

Tags: business

Howard “Skip” Hoyt July 16, 1928 – March 11, 2021 Skip Hoyt passed away peacefully at his home in Walnut Creek on March 11, 2021 at age 92. He is survived by his wife, Sue; brothers Bill and Larry; children, David Hoyt, Barbara Karlin, and Stephen Hoyt and their spouses; stepsons Michael, Matthew, Mark, and Mitchell McAlister and their spouses; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-gr...

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Mary Ann Dahlberg
Aug. 31, 1930 - March 11, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Mary Ann Dahlberg, a Menlo Park resident for 44 years passed away on March 11, 2021, at the age of 90. Mary, who was born in Berkeley, Ca, graduated as an English major from the University of Washington in Seattle. She returned to California where she worked at the then - Standard Oil Company of California. Moving to the Peninsula, she was an Administrative Assistant at SRI International until he...

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Marion L. Lewenstein
Oct. 15, 1927 - March 6, 2021
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Marion Lewenstein, one of the first journalists to cover “Silicon Valley,” died on March 6, 2021, of complications of heart and circulatory disease. She was 93. Later in her career, Lewenstein became a journalism professor at Stanford University (despite never receiving a college degree). She also helped create the first falafel restaurant in Palo Alto. Her son confirmed her death. From the...

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Robert Lesh Baldwin
Sept. 30, 1927 - March 6, 2021
Portola Valley, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Robert L. (“Buzz”) Baldwin died on March 6, 2021, at the age of 93, in his home in Los Trancos Woods. He was born on September 30, 1927, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Ira Lawrence Baldwin and Mary Lesh Baldwin. He was called Buzz because an older sister couldn’t pronounce “brother,” and the name stuck when there were four Roberts in his first-grade class. Buzz was drafted into the...

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Frederick Earl Judd
Oct. 17, 1925 - March 1, 2021
Sun Valley, Idaho

Tags: veteran, business, public service

Long time resident of Menlo Park and Sun Valley, Fred Judd passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Borrego Springs, Ca on March 1, 2021 at the age of 95. A lifelong outdoorsman who was active and vigorous and always good humored, Fred was a residential and commercial builder just as the mid-Peninsula building boom took hold. As a professional hobbyist, he pursued his love of hunting,...

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Jeanne LeFevre Hauser
June 23, 1921 - Feb. 28, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Jeanne LeFevre Hauser’s life came peacefully to an end on February 28, 2021 at the age of 99 years old. Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, she was proud of being a New Yorker and her Huguenot heritage. Jeanne came to California in 1948 to work in the television industry in San Francisco. She married Jack Raymond Hauser and moved with their two children to Palo Alto in 1956. Jeanne wa...

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