Kent Stewart Barber

Kent Stewart Barber online 060519Kent Stewart Barber passed peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Grass Valley surrounded with love by his adoring family. He was born on June 4, 1940, in Seattle, Washington to parents Jim and Nancy Barber and attended the University of Washington where he was a member of the student government and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating from college, he spent time in the Coast Guard, and later took a year out to hitchhike through Europe. In 1964, he started Barber Properties, in Los Altos, CA and was very active in the community as President of the Board of Realtors and President of the Chamber of Commerce. Kent married the love of his life, Caroline (King) Barber and together they had two children, Sarah and Jamie. In 1983, Kent and Caroline moved their family to the Sierra Foothills.

Joseph Dobson

Joseph Dobson passed away recently from complications after undergoing heart surgery. He is survived by his son, James Dobson, his daughter, Carly Jo; his grandchildren Drake and Ryder; his brother, Carl Dobson; and his mother, Janet Dobson.  He was preceded in death by his father, John R. Dobson and his sister Jeanne Alina Milan. Joe was born in Los Angeles in 1954. When he was three years old, he moved to Los Altos with his family.  He spent happy years growing up in the Santa Clara Valley when there were orchards and open space in which to roam. With his family and school friends, he enjoyed the outdoors. Hiking, back packing and skiing in the mountains became a central part of recreation throughout his life. When he was in his teens, he discovered his love of music, particularly the music of the guitar.  He attended schools in Los Altos, then graduated from Awalt High School (now Mountain View H.S.). After graduation, he played professionally traveling in the west with several bands.

Joseph Paul Arata

Joseph Paul Arata online 052919Born April 29, 1927, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the age of 93. He was a lifetime resident of the City of Mountain View and a World War II Veteran of the United States Armed Forces. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene N. Arata; his daughter, Melissa Burke; his granddaughter, Brittany Farina; and two great grandchildren. Funeral services to be held on May 30, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at Saint Nicholas Church in Los Altos, California.

Joseph Kaspar

Joseph Kaspar online 052219Dec.15, 1924 - May 3, 2019 Joe Kaspar, born Joseph Charles Kaspar, passed away on May 3, 2019, at the age of 94. He is survived by his six children: Charles (Bonnie) Kaspar, Jeannie Solomon, Susan Thompson, Karen (John) Hayden, Roger (Ruth) Kaspar, and Kathy (Fred Konkel) Kaspar. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, as well as his sister Mary Kaspar of Baldwin, New York. Joe was born on Long Island, New York, on Dec. 15, 1924, to Charles and Mary Kaspar. A resident of Los Altos for 50+ years, he came to the West Coast after serving in the U.S. army for three years during World War 2. While attending Phoenix Junior College he met his wife, Adell King. They were married on Jan. 25, 1947. Sadly, Adell passed away in 2017 after 70 years of marriage. Joe attended Arizona State College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and engineering. Joe and Adell then moved to California so Joe could attend the business school at Stanford University, where he completed his M.B.A. in 1951.

Doris Anne Spencer

Doris Anne Spencer online 051519December 31, 1919 – April 22, 2019 Doris Anne Spencer, a long-time Los Altos Hills area resident, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2019. She was 99 years old. Anne was born on December 31, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Anne was raised with her brother and sister in the city. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College for Women in 1941. She was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In the early 1950’s, Anne moved to Los Angeles and fell in love with California, which remained her home state for the rest of her life. She worked as a public relations executive for a financial company and a petroleum company. She then met and married Donald Spencer, who was at Stanford, and moved to the Bay Area, where she began her dream career as an estate appraiser, eventually settling in a hilltop house in Los Altos Hills.

Norman Duane Stauffer

Norman Duane Stauffer online 051519June 7, 1929 - April 24, 2019 Norman Duane Stauffer passed away peacefully after a long illness on April 24, 2019 with his wife and daughter by his side. Duane is survived by his daughter Nancy Augliera, son-in-law John Augliera and his two grandsons Anthony and Jason Augliera. Duane is also survived by his wife Mary Lou Stauffer, stepsons Mark, Bruce, Ross, Dale and six step-grandchildren, Alissa, Megan, Amanda, Tyler, Dylan and Brett McCourt. Duane was pre-deceased by wife Carol and son Randy Stauffer, brother Hal Stauffer and sister Margie Frenette. Duane served his country for four years during the Korean War. After 33 years, he retired from Proctor and Gamble as the San Francisco District Manager in Bar Soap Household Cleaning Products Division. During his career he was President of the Sales Managers Club in San Francisco.

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