William J. Duryea

BillDuryea onlineJuly 2, 1949 - September 17, 2019 Los Altos On September 17, 2019 William moved from this realm into the pure land of Infinite light. He died from prostate cancer. He was many things; a horse whisperer, a monk, thoughtful caregiver, a surfer, a lover of plants who shared his compost tea with all his neighbors, a story teller, a traveler, a shaman, a collector of buddhas, but in the end he was only humble and full of love. Bill is survived by his wife Carol, sons Yamal and Arjuna (Christine), daughter Jahnava, his pop Bill Sr., brothers Michael (Debbie), Dennis (Donna) and four awesome grandkids. Private services have been held.

Bryan Grether

BryanGrether onlineBryan Grether passed away on January 29, 2020. Many in the Los Altos community knew and admired him as a member of the band Fully Funded that played at the First Friday event for over 5 years. His singing brought great joy to his numerous loyal fans who turned out to see him perform every month. We will remember his vocals and harmonies, and he will continue to inspire us to sing.

Jack Mather

John Frank Mather: Born: November 29, 1931 Died: December 30, 2019 A native of San Francisco: Lincoln High School, UC Berkeley, Stanford University. Jack taught at Hamilton Junior High School in Oakland, Woodside High School, and Adult Education. Married Joan in 1957 - Three children and 7 grandchildren. We moved to Los Altos in 1962 where all seven grandchildren as toddlers were introduced to the moon, named FRED by Grandpa! BA University of California Berkeley, 1955 MA Stanford 1973 Many lives have been touched and enriched by having Jack among us. He was a proud human being of intelligence, honesty, integrity and respect for each individual - man or woman - and to their right of personal choice in life. Jack was a teacher for 40 years after realizing just before we were married that he did not wish be be The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit and subsequently dropped out of the Cal MBA program to seek a Secondary Teaching Credential. We have never looked back. We met when we were 19 and 20 and had 63 years of an incredibly dynamic partnership and life, in many dimensions. In 1972 when Jack was on sabbatical attending Stanford we took our children (12-10 & 7) tp Europe for two months of travel, learning, and adventure. It was a never to be forgotten experience of "togetherness" in the best sense of the word! During the trip we also visited Jack's 83 year old Aunt Thrush in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she later passed away and left a small inheritance, Jack couldn't conceive of taking the funds out of Scotland and created scholarships for young men or women who sought an education to become sheep herders in Northern Scotland. For ten years we received photos of earnest young people who benefitted. Jack coached Little League, Girls Soccer and was around in summer to drive to Covington Critters, etc. and home to help and be an active part of family daily life.

Joanne Provines

JoanneProvines onlineAfter a long battle with breast cancer, Joanne Provines passed away on the afternoon of February 4th, 2020. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her husband of 62 years, Richard, her son Jeff and daughter Julie, and her brother-in-law Joe Provines. Joanne was born on September 28th, 1935 in Illinois, attended high school in Olney and college at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She earned her degree in music education and taught music in the lower grades for several years. She played violin, clarinet, piano and sang in church choirs and other groups and was asked to sing at the weddings of several friends. Joanne had a passion for caring for young children and her pets, and especially loved being with and reading to her grandchildren.

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