- Published on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
April 21, 1928 – March 2, 2014
Born in Seattle to John Campbell and Annie Stevenson Eilers, John died peacefully at the age of 85 in Los Altos Hills, California. In 1944 John, older brother William Lewis and parents settled in San Mateo, where he graduated from high school. While studying at Stanford University he was a midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he sailed on USS Iowa and USS Boxer.
John married Merry Lee Richardson in Palo Alto in 1950. In 1951 he graduated as a civil engineer and joined Guy F. Atkinson Company, South San Francisco.
For the next 20 years John worked on Lexington Dam, Los Gatos; Wilsonville Bridge near Portland, Oregon; a railroad relocation near Noxon, Montana; Trinity Dam near Weaverville; Mangla Dam on the Jhelum River in Pakistan; and Mica Dam on the Columbia River in Canada.
John, Merry Lee and five daughters settled in Los Altos Hills in 1972. As Vice President of Estimating, John traveled extensively until he retired from GFACo. in 1989. John was a devoted volunteer for charitable projects including Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, SIRs Branch 35 and Spinning Wheels Social Club. John was known for his friendly, gentle demeanor. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, sailing, skiing, square dancing, tennis, and travel. He was an enthusiastic sports fan for Stanford, Giants and 49ers.
John is survived by his wife Merry Lee, daughters Anne Eilers, Wendy Eilers, Meredyth Young, Robyn Duby and Beth Eilers, sons-in-law Gregory Young and D. Brent Duby, and grandchildren Barry Young, Peter Young, Jeremy Young, Candice Duby and Mark Duby.
In lieu of flowers, donations are may be sent to Community Services Agency (CSA), 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, CA 94043; Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040; also Home Ministry or Outreach programs at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.