Lyndell Samuel King, age 77, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2018 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma to Ocie and Zella (Coulter) King on July 12, 1940. When he was 5, his family moved to Lamesa, Texas. He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1958, Texas Tech University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Stanford University in 1963 with a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. While working at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, he met Penny Saterlee, and they were married in 1966. They soon moved to Palo Alto, California, so he could pursue a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and work at NASA Ames. He was a Research Scientist at NASA Ames for 37 years, where he helped create the Johnson-King turbulence model and develop a low disturbance supersonic wind tunnel.
He enjoyed playing the trombone and played for Texas Tech University Band, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the NASA Ames Jazz Band, Ye Olde Towne Band of Los Altos, the Peninsula Symphonic Band, and the Peninsula Trombone Choir. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, and history.
He is survived by his sons, David King and wife Leslie of Los Altos and Brian King and wife Melissa of Saratoga, his sisters Janice Bowen of Canyon, Texas and Mary Phillips of Knoxville, Tennessee, former wife Penny Woolworth of Los Altos Hills, and grandchildren, Samantha, Sally, Ella, Orion, and Apollo. Lyndell was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Private services have been held. In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial donations to your favorite charity.