- Published on Tuesday, 06 February 2007 19:00
- Written by Town Crier Staff
ARTHUR (ART) JAMES HOPPER
Arthur (Art) James Hopper left us peacefully while in the company of his daughter on September 20, 2006 at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital. He courageously battled his illnesses for many months, enduring countless hospital stays always surrounded by his daughter and son-in-law. He joined his beloved wife Lorayne in Heaven, one day short of the one-year anniversary of her passing. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Arthur was born February 19, 1925 in Lodi, California. He joined the US Navy in 1943 and served in World War II from 1943 through 1946. Arthur and his ship, the USS Minneapolis, served in every major sea battle in the Pacific. He met his future wife, Lorayne in 1943 in Chicago, IL while on leave before sailing overseas. Arthur served in the Navy again during the Korean War, sailing with the USS Valley Forge.
Lorayne and Art settled in various cities such as Fresno, San Francisco and Mountain View before moving to Los Altos in 1958. Art owned and operated a chain of barbershops prior to downsizing to the one "Red Door Barber Shop" which he operated on State and then Second Street in Los Altos for over 40 years. He was also a real estate broker.
Art is survived and honored by his daughter LaVon, son-in-law Malcolm, and his granddaughter. He is also survived by his son Gary and Mother-in-law Blanche. Art is greatly missed by his cat BB.
His family will remember Art for his tall tales and great joke telling. Over the years Art enjoyed nothing more then tinkering in his shed or office. He created all types of art including painting, sketching, wood carving and model building from scratch. He was a fine handyman, able to fix anything and was a very capable carpenter. He enjoyed foreign travel with his daughter. He was an animal lover, a staunch Republican, and a devoted husband and father. Above all, he loved and respected his Country.
Private services have been held. The family asks friends of Art to think of him fondly and raise a toast in his honor. He is deeply missed by his loved ones. Rest in peace Daddy.
Diane James (née Gluck) died in her sleep on January 15, 2007 in Oakland, California. She was a resident of Los Altos for 44 years, from 1961 to 2005. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Malcolm James. Mrs. James was born in Wilson, Pennsylvania in 1930 and lived there until her marriage in 1950. After traveling the country for six years to support her husband's career, she put down roots in the Bay Area. Returning to college, she earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Psychology from San José State University. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. James traveled all over the world.
She is survived by her son, Kevin James, and his partner, Tom Reilly, of Berkeley, her stepdaughter, Karin Tracy of Columbus, Ohio, and step-grandchildren Erik Tracy, Michael James and Brian James. Interment will be private. Donations may be made to: Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, New York, NY 10018.