Earl 'Buzz' Ellison: Longtime Los Altos resident towed a quick wit, valued enthusiasm

Mr. Ellison

Chances are that if you own a vehicle and live on the Peninsula, you knew Earl “Buzz” Ellison. He was the owner of Ellison’s Body Shop (1929-1998), located on the corner of Alma Street and Forest Avenue in Palo Alto, and founder of Ellison’s Towing (1965-present).

Mr. Ellison died May 30 at his Los Altos home, surrounded by family. He was just one month shy of his 93rd birthday.


Phillip T. Jones, 90, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018 at his home attended by family.


OBIT RalphKuiper

Resident of Los Altos

March 29, 1939 - May 27, 2018

Ralph passed away peacefully from cancer Sunday evening at home with his loving family by his side. His dedication to community service, Stanford, his work ethic and moral compass, wit, intellect, warmth, and mentorship endeared him to family and friends and touched many lives.


OBIT BrettGreider

Brett Eugene Greider of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Tzununá, Guatemala, died suddenly from a heart attack on May 12, 2018 while dancing with his artistic and spiritual community on the shores of Lake Atitlán.


OBIT ClaudineMcCallum

Claudine McCallum, affectionately known as Tommie, passed away on May 4, 2018 at the age of 93 in Sparks, Nevada. She was born in Lemoore, California to Thomas Rose and Clara Uthe Rose, where she lived until moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend nursing school, a profession befitting her warm and caring nature.

Obituary Policy

The Town Crier's obituary publishing rates are $3 per line with a minimum charge of $50.  Photos may be included at $40 per photo (in addition to the $50.00 minimum charge).

Deadline: Thursday at noon, for publication the following Wednesday (6 days later). If a holiday falls within that week, check with us about special publication deadlines. 

For more information and to submit obituaries, email obits@latc.com.

The Town Crier is not responsible for obituary content. Paid obituaries are provided by families or mortuaries. 

Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos