- Published on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 17:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Donald Anthony Palermo, 76, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 9 with his family beside him. He was a beloved and devoted husband to Josephine, and a loving and extraordinary father to Damien, Christopher, and Tomas, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his brothers Loreto and Anthony, sister Rosemarie, daughter-in-law Cindy, grandchildren Ben, Melody, Lucas, Claire and Celia, and great granddaughter Kimber Ryan. He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Mary and his brother Onofrio. Born September 14, 1933 at North East, Pennsylvania, our adored Donnie-Don, Dad and Da earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit in 1956 and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University in 1958. He started professional work as a civilian employee of the US Navy, followed by many productive years at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank and Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. in Sunnyvale. He was a co-founder and executive vice president of Tiburon Systems, Inc. of San Jose, which Texas Instruments acquired in 1995. In young life, in his professional years, and in retirement, Don’s generosity of time and treasure was boundless. He gave generously to many charities including the Saint Jude Society, other religious organizations, and schools. He served as coordinator of Volunteers in Partnership at the Mtn. View Police Department, which named him Volunteer of the Year for 2002. He was a past president of the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where he was an active member for 37 years. He was a leader in Sons of Retirement. An avid golfer, he scored two holes-in-one less than a week apart. He enjoyed bridge and travel, and was devoted to his family. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 11 at Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 12 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Los Altos, with a short reception to follow. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cupertino. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers gifts to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.