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JAMES WINDELL SMITH

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January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on a small ranch outside of Granbury, Texas to John Silas Smith and Mary Francis Huston “Windell” was the second of four brothers: Travis Marlin, Eddie Lee & Wesley Royce.

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HOWARD WARNER STOKES

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Howard Warner Stokes, 83, of Los Altos Hills, passed away peacefully on Nov. 6, 2014 after a long illness. He was born July 15, 1931 in Santa Monica, California, the only child of Howard Benjamin Johnstone Stokes and Josephine Warner Stokes. The family lived in West Los Angeles where Warner attended University High School, Santa Monica College and UCLA. After college he joined the Navy, receiving his wings as a U.S. Naval Aviator May 8, 1956. He served on the USS Kearsarge, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, in 1957. In 1959, after the service, Warner joined Western Airlines, which later became Delta Airlines. He was promoted to captain in 1968 and retired in 1991.

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EDWARD SANCHEZ

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Longtime Los Altos resident Edward Sanchez passed away on November 3, 2014 at the age of 87. Born in Hanford, California, Edward served as a Gunner’s Mate Third Class in the Navy during World War II. He went into real estate development after the war, developing hundreds of residential and commercial buildings throughout the Bay Area and beyond in his more than 50-year career.

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DAN RASDAL

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Obituaries are difficult to write as they force you to summarize and assess a person’s life in the form of a few paragraphs. The life of William Daniel Rasdal cannot be told in a mere couple of paragraphs, for it would span a series of novels, each a series unto themselves. But I can tell you a little bit about Dan, and maybe that will suffice.

Dan Rasdal was like Gandalf. He was the old, robust wise man who kept the fellowship together. For Dan, that fellowship was his family.

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CHRISTIAN EUGENE HANSEN

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Christian Eugene Hansen, 61, a 30 year resident of Los Altos, passed away of a heart attack on November 5, 2014 in Los Altos, California. Chris was born to Eugene & Jeanine Hansen June 12, 1953 in Salt Lake City. He graduated from East High School, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the Eastern States Mission, then returned to Salt Lake where he continued his education and was a Pi Kapp at the University of Utah where he graduated with a BS Degree. He met and married his sweetheart Cindy Hale on June 22, 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple.

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SARGENT MACGREGOR BINKLEY

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Died on October 10, 2014

Sargent was born in Berkeley, California on December 3, 1974 and raised mainly in Los Altos. After a short move to New Jersey, he returned to California and then moved with his family to England. Sargent attended Kingsbury Hill House and Pinewood School. He was the youngest student ever to pass the swimming test. He loved being able to ride one of the school’s horses to various historic places and take karate. Pinewood was mostly a boy’s school which made it ideal for Sargent to “muck about”.

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PETER WARD

1919 – 2014

Peter (Pete) Ward, 95, passed away November 4, 2014 at his residence at Amber Grove Place surrounded by his loving family. The son of an Irish immigrant, Pete was born and raised in San Francisco, one of seven brothers and sisters who lived above the family grocery store, the Sunnyside Market. Pete met his sweetheart and his future wife Lillian of 72 years while working in the family store. He married Lillian in September 1942.

Pete is a veteran of WWII. He was in his senior year of studies in mechanical engineering at U.C. Berkeley when Pearl Harbor was attacked December 7, 1941. He and his classmates were allowed to graduate in May but were recruited immediately into the service as junior officers. Pete spent most of the next 4 years in the Pacific theatre, supervising a battleship gun repair crew aboard a destroyer escort.

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Bill Mayhood remembered for decades of community service

Bill Mayhood, a longtime Los Altos resident and community volunteer, passed away Oct. 9.

Mr. Mayhood served as president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and volunteered in support of several organizations, including helping with projects at the Los Altos Senior Center, adding a reading room to the Los Altos main library and participating in the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade and Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

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