Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2008 19:24
Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Age 90, died peacefully in Santa Clara, CA on February 15th, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Jane D. Beck in 1996 and brother Thomas Beck.He was born on February 14th, 1918, in Wautoma, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 and Harvard Medical School in 1942 before residing as a Navy Physician in WW II on the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton. After completing his residency at Yale Medical School he moved to Los Altos in 1951, where he had a private practice specializing in surgery for over 30 years.John was very involved in the community, being a Councilman for the city of Los Altos and President of the Los Altos Rotary in 1957. He was also seen on the sidelines of local football games for many years as the team doctor for Foothill Junior College and the East-West Shrine games. John was an avid fisherman, bird hunter and enjoyed gardening, golf and tennis. He was a loving father and grandfather. He also enjoyed vacationing and joking with his children. He had a great sense of humor and will be truly missed.John is survived by his five children John Beck Jr. of Manhattan, Montana, Ronald Beck of San Jose, Suzanne Haydu of Shingle Springs, Paul Beck of Los Altos and Linda Flynn of Los Altos, six grandchildren Lauren and Madelyn Beck of Manhattan Montana, Brandon Haydu of San Louis Obispo, Laurissa Haydu of Santa Cruz, Shannon and Ryan Flynn of Los Altos and in-laws Tracy Beck, Eugene Haydu and Stephen Flynn.Services will be held on Sunday, March 9th, at 2pm at Spangler Mortuary, 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,donations be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or 1-800-ACS-2345 in honor of Dr. John Beck.