Donald Specht


Donald Specht

Donald Specht

Oct. 15, 1933 - Jul. 7, 2019

Resident of Los Altos

Don was a devoted husband, father, and renowned scientist/engineer.  Born in Harvey, North Dakota.  In 1960, he married Suzanne Dimm.  An alumnus of Santa Clara University, he received his M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. 

Richard James Tibbs

Richard James Tibbs

8/9/1946 - 7/8/2019

Richard was born August 9, 1946, in Palo Alto, CA. A graduate of UC Berkley, Richard moved to Volcano, CA and taught U.S. History at Amador High School for one year.

Developing a career in construction, Richard later moved to Garden Valley, CA, became a licensed contractor, and built houses in El Dorado County and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Richard was a highly skilled craftsman and took great pride in doing all of the work himself.

Lyman Stafford “Butch” Logan, Jr.


Lyman Stafford “Butch” Logan, Jr.

Lyman Stafford "Butch" Logan, Jr.

Successful entrepreneur, tennis fiend, barbershop bass, and beloved brother, uncle, and friend - passed away on June 20, 2019. He was 80 years old.

Butch was one of a kind. He was born on September 14, 1938, in New York City - the son of Lyman Logan, Sr., and Jane Logan. Butch attended Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, where he thrived on the school’s championship tennis team - graduating in 1956. He earned his BA from Hamilton College in 1960, and an MBA from Stanford University in 1962.

Merry B. Stephenson

Merry StepensonMerry B. Stephenson (October 2, 1939 – May 29, 2019)

Our beautiful and beloved Merry, retired Los Altos primary grade teacher, succumbed to cancer on May 29, 2019, passing away peacefully with her children by her side.

Born Merolyn Lou Bovee in Inglewood, California, she surprised her parents Helen (Hurst) and Glenn Thaddeus Bovee with her unexpected arrival on October 2, 1939 following the birth of what was to be her twin, Jerolyn Sue (Jeri).

Margaret (Peggy) Jean Urband Curry

Margaret Curry 071019Margaret (Peggy) Jean Urband Curry, age 86, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Sunnyvale after a brief illness. She was born June 12, 1933, in Ithaca, New York, to Harold “Red” and Florence (McKenzie) Urband.

She was a 1951 graduate of St. Rose Academy, San Francisco, and a 1955 graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C. She was married to Duncan Curry III for 33 years, and was a long-time resident of Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale. She was a homemaker and mother of five. She was a life-long Catholic and loved her family and friends. She is survived by her brother Robert Urband, sisters Helen Keefer and Patricia Andrews, children Gareth Gill, Mary Curry, Kathryn Curry, Duncan Curry IV, Patricia Starkenburg, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Merlynne Smith Armi

Merlynne Smith Armi 070319 onlineMerlynne S. Armi of Los Altos Hills, CA passed away peacefully during the morning of June 21, 2019 after a long illness. Merlynne was born on February 18, 1933 to the late George Levi Goodwin Smith and the late Corinn Beckley Smith. Family legend has it that Merlynne was born with a love for travel. Although her parents were living in Chicago, Merlynne was born in New Albany, Indiana. Her mother Corinn went into labor when she and her husband were on their way to visit family in Louisville and Merlynne didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Armed with such a strong desire to see the world, Merlynne studied to become a registered nurse at Cook County Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois, with the hope of becoming a flight attendant, or air hostess, as they were called back in the day. In the early days of passenger air travel, all air hostesses were required to be registered nurses.


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