Last updateWed, 24 Aug 2016 12pm


OBIT LauraMurphy

February 11, 1993 - July 16, 2016

Laura Murphy passed away on Saturday July 16, 2016 following a tragic car accident. Laura was the precious daughter of Cindy and Patrick Murphy and devoted sister of Lisa Murphy. Laura is also survived by her grandfather, Richard James Murphy of Ann Arbor, Michigan and many uncles, aunts and cousins who reside in Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, and Washington DC. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Shirley Umlor Murphy, and her maternal grandparents Samuel and Betty Stone of Farmington Hills, Michigan.


Ulf Stauber passed away at his home on July 13; he had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Ulf was born in Berlinchen, Germany on May 23, 1938. Following the Russian invasion in 1945, he, his mother and two brothers fled to Hamburg where Ulf grew up. He emigrated to the United States in 1963, living first in Indiana and then moving to Mountain View, California in 1965 where he found his first job at Minton’s Lumber Company. He graduated from UC Davis with the intention of becoming a teacher but returned to Mountain View to continue his career at Minton’s doing what he loved best, architectural millwork. He married his wife Marcella in 1967, and moved to Los Altos in 1974, where they raised their two children, Maren & Erik. Following his retirement, Ulf became a docent at Deer Hollow Farm and spent many happy years sharing his love of the outdoors with children.


OBIT EdwardNelson

08-09-23 to 07-18-16 

Edward Henry Nelson passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 18, 2016. He was 92 years old. Ed lost his long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Born in Pennsylvania, Ed moved to the family home in Oakland California at the age of 18. After a brief start in the banking industry, Ed was a business partner with Flegel’s Home Furnishing in Menlo Park for over 32 years. 


OBIT CharlesNarad

Charles Eric Narad, 56, of Los Altos lost his six year battle with a rare cancer on July 9. He died peacefully in his home in Woodland Acres, surrounded by family. Chuck is survived by his wife Joanne, brothers Jim of Prescott AZ and Rick of Chico CA, and sons Ethan and Reuben, both currently in high school.



OBIT ThomasDouma

Longtime resident of Los Altos, CA and Maui, Thomas James Douma, passed away at his Maui home on July 13, 2016 after a short but intense battle with cancer. A California native, Tom was born in Visalia, CA in 1943. He was an “army brat” and grew up all over the world. After receiving an MBA from Stanford, Tom became a real estate developer, and in 1989, he founded the Real Estate Inspection Group, one of the largest home inspection companies in the Bay Area. Tom will be remembered for his brilliant and creative mind, his sense of humor, his storytelling, his love of music and his joy of surfing and sailing. 

Mark R. Templeton: Successful engineer, entrepreneur and loving dad

Mr. Templeton

Mark R. Templeton of Los Altos experienced great success in the high-tech industry. But he considered his children his greatest achievement.

The Los Altos resident died July 17 in an accident while kayaking on the Rogue River in Oregon. Mr. Templeton was 57.

Scouting News

Kevin Lum, from left, Nicolas Dang and Nilabh Bhat

Three local Scouts earn Eagle rank

Boy Scout Troop 75 of Los Altos recently honored three Scouts for earning their Eagle rank.

Kevin Lum is a senior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. For his Eagle Project, he assembled five benches and a picnic table and removed three old benches at Horseshoe Lake and the top of Windy Hill.

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