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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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DONALD LEWIS WILSON

OBIT DonaldLewis

Donald Lewis Wilson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Oct 19, at the age of 102. He moved to Santa Rosa five years ago from his home of fifty years in Los Altos. 

He was born Feb 23, 1911, in Tarkio, Missouri to Guy Wilford and Ida Myrtle Wilson. When he was six weeks old, the family immigrated to Saskatchewan, by train, to join his mother’s parents in a farming venture—his mother and the younger children traveled in the Pullman car—the rest of the family in a box car--living off a crock of pork and beans prepared for the four day/2000 mile journey.

The family returned to Nebraska in 1919, settling on a farm in Randolph.

His siblings eventually numbered seven: Earl, Irvine, Virgil, Russell, Friel, Woodrow and Grace.

Graduating from high school in June 1929, he describes this as, “The worst of times.” The stock market had just crashed; there was 30% unemployment; his family had had 3 crop failures, and “grass hoppers ate everything but the fence posts.” In spite of that, he became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Margaret  Isadore Wilson, asking her to wait for him until he had established himself.

Two of his brothers had found employment in California and, in 1930, he followed them. His first job was as a ranch hand on Mt. Diablo. Returning to Nebraska seven years later, he married Isadore in 1937. He went on to become an agent for State Farm Insurance, moving quickly to district manager in the counties of: Solano, San Francisco and San Mateo.

He was married for 68 years to Isadore who passed away in 2006. He then remarried and is survived by Marilyn Wilson who remained by his side, nursing him in his final years.

His career with State Farm Insurance spanned more than three decades, and he spoke fondly of his fortunate choice of a career path which helped him achieve “success in life, liberty and happiness.“

He is survived by his five children: Roger (Dao), Larry (Ann), Joyce Hodgkinson (Bill), Gordon, and Nancy Milner (Rick).  

His stories, riddles and domino games will be especially missed by his ten grandchildren: Kevin Hong, Donald Wilson (Charis), Craig Wilson (Alison), Chris Elkins (Luisa), Anna Paris, Eve Lundsten (Lonny), Joey Hodgkinson, Kiersten Deen (Nathan), Aaron Helgeson (Jen), and Bret Milner (Rebecca). He remained close to his loving niece, Nancy Brixey-Brasser (Gary) and sister-in-law, Ida Mae Arnold. He was very proud of his great grandchildren: Kaya Berry, Lake and Olive Lundsten, Logan Deen, Samuel Wilson, Elizabeth Helgeson.  

His only living sibling, Grace (Wilson) Reese, lives in Paradise, CA with her husband, Bob.

A memorial service will be held at the Santa Rosa Bible Church on Monday, Nov 11, at 10:30 am.

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