Bruce Avery, 60, of Los Altos Hills, died in an automobile accident January 14 in Southern California.
He was born May 13, 1953, to Marion and the late Burt Avery of Atherton.
Lifelong friends were made in high school (Robert Louis Stevenson, where he played water polo) and college (USC, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta). He received his B.A. from USC in 1978.
In 1980 Bruce married his beloved wife Laurene Dykzeul. He was dedicated to his family. His wonderful children Alida and Tom are his greatest legacy; they are a reflection of Bruce and Laurene and their love and support. He was looking forward to becoming a grandfather this summer.
Bruce founded Foothill Land Company, developing residential and agricultural property. He owned and managed an almond-producing ranch in Ripon (San Joaquin Valley). Like his father, he was a talented builder, and loved the outdoors – including High Sierra pack trips with his father and four brothers. He delighted in getting his hands dirty in the Los Altos garden and at the ranch. He enjoyed music, drawing and design. Bruce was a member of Los Altos Country Club and Bohemian Club.
He was a friend to all in the extended Avery and Dykzeul families. He and Laurene hosted many gatherings for her family at the ranch. At the recent Avery Thanksgiving football game, he scored the winning touchdown.
We will remember his big heart, wonderful warm sense of humor, sparkling blue eyes, and radiant smile.
Bruce is survived by his wife Laurene, daughter Alida McIntyre, son Tom, and son-in-law Shea McIntyre; mother Marion Avery; brothers Chris, Brian (Tracey), Matt (Kathy), and Regan (Brenda); the Dykzeul family; many nieces and nephews.
Treasured son, devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. He will be dearly missed and always loved.
A private family service will be held.
For those so inclined, donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 49 Stevenson Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94105, or a charity of your choice.