William E. Shine: Los Altos volunteer extraordinaire

Longtime Los Altos resident William E. Shine, an avid community volunteer who organized the city’s 1976 Bicentennial parade and celebration, died June 30. Mr. Shine was 92.

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Shrine graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Deployed to the European Theater in 1944, Sgt. Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Shine was a disabled veteran for the remainder of his life.

He earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame following the war, not long before marrying Joan Baltz in 1950. A brief visit to California before the war impressed Mr. Shine enough for him to convince his wife that they should move West with their first child.

They settled in Los Altos in 1952, the year of the city’s incorporation. The Shines raised five children, all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

Mr. Shine’s numerous volunteer efforts – from organizing the Bicentennial parade to leading a fundraising drive for the library’s fountain and redwood deck – earned him the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award in 1981.

A lover of music and sports, Mr. Shine was actively involved in Little League and in 1979 helped establish the Music in the Air concerts, presented by the music departments at Foothill College and Los Altos and Awalt high schools.

A singer in church choirs during high school and college, Mr. Shine was a member of the St. William Parish choir and belonged to a barbershop quartet.

Mr. Shine is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine of Mountain View; daughters Joan Jones of Santa Clara and Theresa Swilley of Oakdale; sons William Shine Jr. of Mountain View and Damian Shine of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Robert of Corvallis; sister Mary of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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