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JAMES W. THOMAS 09-09-1946---11-07-2016

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James Walton Thomas (Jim) a 39-year resident of Los Altos passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2016. Born on Sept 9, 1946, in Buffalo New York to James and Madalen Thomas. Jim was born into a Navy family and the son of a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a family man and electrical engineer by profession. Jim received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1968 and continued his education with post-graduate work at UC Berkley 1968-70. His life-long love of engineering began in his father’s garage where he developed a passion for technology. In high school he was a lab assistant in his father’s electronics class at Citrus Community College where his natural ability to mentor and teach had its beginnings. Jim’s passion for technology led him to work in small, Silicon Valley startups that gave him the freedom to innovate and design. He specialized in measuring and optics and ultimately co-founded General Lasertronics in May of 1996. He was uniquely talented in optical design and was credited as an inventor on over a dozen patents. At Lasertronics he helped develop the only laser ablation system that is both approved by the FAA and US Navy. He was highly regarded by his colleagues in an industry he helped to build.
Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his grandsons and would share his love of science while working on various outdoor projects, at his workbench, or baking chocolate chip cookies with them.  He was a voracious reader and shared a life-long love of learning with his son and grandsons. He had many interests: he frequented Astronomy lectures at Foothill College, loved the ocean, and was a long time member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In his younger years he was an avid scuba diver, sailor, and outdoorsman.  He and his wife Janis sailed throughout the Caribbean and across the Atlantic on a sailboat adventure that lasted over 1½ years. Jim was a true, non-materialistic man. He would replace things only when they were truly broken, preferring to fix them instead. For over 30 years he drove his much-loved red Volvo 240 station wagon over half a million miles and through 3 odometer replacements. He took his wife and son on many fun road trips around California, Oregon, Nevada and Northern Mexico in his beloved Volvo. His wife, Janis, of 45 years, survives him as well as his son, Patrick, daughter-in-law, Dina and 2 grandsons: Fabian, and Camilo. Jim was blessed with a large and loving extended family including sisters Mary Jo Buettner (husband Joe), Ann Thomas, and Robert Thomas (wife Kathy), Alan (brother-in-law) and Pat Mickelson, sister-in laws Kristine Clevenger, Patrice and Dan Abbott. Jim was lovingly referred to as Uncle Jim by his 14 nieces and nephews and their families. He enjoyed many close and long-lasting friendships. He was an inspiring, rare man whose selfless contributions, clever wit and humor will be missed by all who knew and loved him. To celebrate his life a memorial service will be held at the Los Altos United Methodist church on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM with reception following at the Creekside Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bay Area Cancer Connection in Palo Alto.

VERNON GABRIEL PRICE

OBIT VernonPrice
Our beloved father, Vernon Gabriel Price, passed away peacefully the morning of November 30, 2016 in Los Altos, California. He was 92 years young and a resident of Los Altos since 1960.
Vernon was born on October 15, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Charles Eton and Renee Lola Felt Price. He grew up in a happy home, along with three brothers and two sisters. During World War II, Vernon served in the U.S. Navy where he worked on airborne electronics and radar systems. Afterward he received his BS/MS degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah and continued his education at Stanford University. Vernon married his sweetheart Patricia Forbush on September 1, 1948 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. They spent several years in Salt Lake, Coeur d’Alene, San Diego, and Palo Alto before settling into their ranch home in Los Altos. In 1962 he joined the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) as a microwave engineer, and then worked as manager of accelerator operations for many years. Vernon was a Life Senior Member of IEEE and served as the membership chair, where he enthusiastically promoted and encouraged membership in NPSS and other societies in the IEEE organization. He was also an amateur ham radio operator since he was fourteen (W6RRK, then AI6VP after taking the Extra Class). Vernon was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and truly enjoyed attending services every Sunday. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by those who knew his warmth and kindness. His family never knew a day without his love, since he showed it with every word and action. Goodbyes could include a cheery “Thanks for calling!” or an “I love you” in morse code while holding your hand. He is survived by his children Gayle Price, Mary Price, Karen Zensius, Judy Miller, Paul Price, Martha Siegel, and Gwen McLean; their spouses; his nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beautiful wife, Patricia, and their eldest son, Steven. Memorial and burial services have been held. Internment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California.

CLARENCE HU

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Clarence (or as his family liked to call him Clare) Yung Ming Hu, age 58, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on November 5, 2016, from Pancreatic Cancer. 

Adele Behn

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Adele Behn passed away peacefully the evening of Monday December 5th after two years of courageously living with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. 


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