Donald “Larry” Wright

DonaldWright onlineResident of Los Altos Larry Wright, devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away on May 26, 2020 five days shy of his 85th birthday. Larry was born in Orange, California on May 31, 1935. He is a graduate of Orange High School, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach State College class of 1957. In 1952, while still in high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve at Los Alamitos. After graduating from Long Beach State, he went on active duty and while attending Platoon Leaders Class at Quantico, he decided aviation was for him. He was accepted at the Naval Flight Training school in Pensacola, Florida as a Marine Corps 2nd Lt. and was designated Naval Aviator in Nov 1958. In 1961, after returning from Oppama, Japan he was assigned as Flight Instructor in Pensacola, (first as primary flight and later as a helicopter instructor) which is where he met his wife Patricia. They were married in Dec 1961. In Aug 1965, he was deployed to Viet Nam with Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO 6) until Sep 1966. He was released to the Marine Corps Reserves in 1967 and in Jan of 1968 began training with United Airlines in Denver, CO. From his San Francisco domicile, he began his career on the DC-6 and progressed to B737, 727, DC-8, 757, and 767 until his retirement as Captain in 1995.

Leo M. Sant

              Leo Mather Sant was born in Grace, Idaho, on August 27, 1921, to Alfred and Ethel Sant. He died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City on June 14, 2020, from causes incident to age. Leo grew up in Grace, Idaho, and attended Idaho State University’s College of Pharmacy. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, becoming a pilot and serving in the European Theater for the duration of the war. In 1946, he became a commercial airline pilot with Pan American Airways and loved a career in aviation until retiring in 1981. He and his wife, Maralynn, raised their four daughters in Los Altos, California. Leo was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was known by his family and many friends as a kind, loving and generous man who influenced people for good, wherever he went. He was a true gentleman. He is survived by daughters Julie (Brent) Schenk, Jenny (Paul) Miller and Jill Johnson (Hobie Kellis); 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Maralynn; daughter Janet; parents and all six of his siblings.

Ione Maryanne Mackay

IoneMackay onlineDec. 8, 1926 – May 13, 2020 Resident of Los Altos Our lovely wife, mother and grandmother was a kind, compassionate and genuinely beautiful woman. Ione passed away peacefully at the age of 93 with her husband, Jack and daughter, Sue by her side. Born in Storm Lake, Iowa to parents, Albin and Olga Peterson, Ione was raised in Cedar Rapids with her siblings Galyn, Allan and Doris. Ione attended Wheaton College where she met Sid Scott. After graduating with a degree in biological services, she and Sid married in 1948. They lived in Michigan and New York before moving to Berkeley, CA where they started their family with the births of Susan, Steve, and Jim. In 1969, the family moved to Los Altos when Sid accepted the position of head counselor at Milpitas High School. Later Ione became a teacher at Randall Elementary also in Milpitas.

Robert C. Davis

RobertDavis onlineJuly 13, 1930- April 7, 2020   Robert C. Davis, General Contractor and President of the Robert C. Davis Company, has passed away at the age of 89. A graduate from California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo with a dual major in Architecture and Landscape Design, he began his career as a naval architect where he designed and retrofitted aircraft carriers at the Hunter’s Point Naval shipyards in San Francisco.    He moved to Palo Alto, and began to work for the Cortelyou and Cole Construction Company. He became a partner in a new firm with Tom Cole. Later, he opened the Robert C. Davis Company. Bob’s years as a general contractor and architect involved both commercial and residential projects along the Peninsula including buildings in San Francisco, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and as far down as Hollister. He designed and built two remodels of the former Starlight Ballroom in Sunnyvale.  He received a Merit Award in the national magazine trade, Builder, for his innovative design converting a spare bedroom into a luxurious bathroom. Bob’s connection to the ocean began in Santa Barbara where he grew up. Bob always enjoyed fishing, surfing, participated in ocean swim competitions, and played water polo for Cal Poly.

Robert Spencer Symons

RobertSpencerSymons onlineRobert Spencer Symons passed away on May 10, 2020, at the age of 94, in Los Altos, California. Robert was born in San Francisco on July 3, 1925, the son of the late Spencer Wesley and Avesia (Atkins) Symons. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in 1946 and a Master of Science, also from Stanford University, in 1948. He was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. As an undergraduate, he was the editor of The Chaparral, the Stanford humor magazine. Following graduation, Robert served as a Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He married Alice Faye Smith, the love of his life, in North Carolina on December 21, 1960. They enjoyed spending time with friends and traveling the world together. During his career as an electrical engineer, he worked as senior engineering manager at Varian Associates in Palo Alto from 1950-1983 and then as technical director of Litton Industries in San Carlos from 1983 until his retirement in 1995. After his retirement he was often requested as a consultant in his areas of expertise. He was a fellow and associate editor of the IEEE.

Volunteer Ann Coombs: Author of book on Los Altos trees

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Mrs. Coombs

Longtime Los Altos resident Ann Kleerup Coombs was the ultimate community volunteer. She was active in many organizations, conscientious and thorough in virtually every task she took on. Mrs. Coombs, 86, died April 4 after a prolonged struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

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