In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Paul James Grace

Paul James Grace

March 17, 2017 - Paul James Grace died Feb. 26. He was 76. Grace was born in 1940 and raised in San Bernardino, California, the son of Mary and Hubert Grace. He attended high school there until he went to the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a...

Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis

March 16, 2017 - Jack W. Ellis of Livermore died Jan. 24 due to heart complications. He was 84. Jack was born on Oct. 15, 1932 in Washington state. After attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was married to...

Stanley (John) Luke

Stanley (John) Luke

March 9, 2017 - Stanley (John) Luke of Dublin, California, died Feb. 16. He was 56. Luke was born on Dec. 6, 1960 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Stanley and Primrose Luke. He received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in...

Stephen Cavanaugh

Stephen Cavanaugh

March 8, 2017 - Stephen Cavanaugh of Tracy, California, died Jan. 7 after a battle with cancer. He was 66. Cavanaugh was born April 22, 1950. He began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on April 14, 1980 as an electrician supporting the fire and...

Basil Smith

Feb. 23, 2017 - Basil Lewis Smith died Feb. 15. He was 87.Smith was born at home in Porth, Glamorgan, Wales to Evan Lewis Smith and Priscilla Jane Lewis. He grew up in London during World War II and served in the British Army in Malaysia. He immigrated to the...

Anthony V. Bell

Anthony V. Bell

Feb. 16, 2017 - Anthony Vincent Bell, Tony or Vince to his friends, died Feb. 1 in his Ripon home. He was 93.Bell was born in Oakland on July 27, 1923 and spent most of his early years growing up there as well as in Richmond and Weed. He volunteered for, and...

Abraham Szöke

Abraham Szöke

Feb. 7, 2017 - Abraham Szöke, a leading physicist in the fields of quantum optics, laser fusion, high energy density physics and X-ray crystallography, died Jan. 26 due to complications of lymphoma. He was 87.Attended by Hanna, his wife of more than 60 years, and...

Frank M. Salinas

Frank M. Salinas

Feb. 7, 2017 - Frank M. Salinas of Livermore died Jan. 24. He was 74.Salinas was born Feb. 24, 1942. He was a computer operator at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Computation Directorate from 1967 to 2003.He is survived by his wife, Liliane...

Ralph E. Meléndez

Feb. 3, 2017 - Ralph Espinoza Meléndez died Oct. 14 following complications from heart surgery. He was 68.Meléndez was born Dec.11, 1947, in Douglas, Arizona, a town on the border with Mexico. He graduated from Salpointe High School in Tucson, Arizona, and served...

Thomas James Nugent Jr.

Thomas James Nugent Jr.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Thomas James Nugent Jr. of Livermore died Oct. 23. He was 82.Nugent was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Immaculate Conception Elementary, where he was a mathlete champion, Holy Trinity High School, and graduated from City College of New York...

Frank Warner Holm

Frank Warner Holm

Feb. 3, 2017 - Frank Warner Holm died Nov. 1. He was 87.Holm was born April 1, 1929. His life began on a farm on Stanley Blvd., called Fairview. He and his family were a big part of the old history of Livermore. Holm’s grandpa came from Denmark and settled here,...

Salvatore Frederick Cancilla Jr.

Salvatore Frederick Cancilla, Jr.

Feb. 3, 2017 - Salvatore Frederick Cancilla, Jr. of Livermore died Oct. 1. He was 81.Cancilla was born Oct. 28, 1934 in Concord, California. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Vidisky, on Oct. 12, 1957...

William G. Jones

William G. Jones

Feb. 2, 2017 - William Green “Wild Bill” Jones, a longtime resident of Livermore/Pleasanton, died Dec. 24, 2016 at his home in Minden, Nevada, where he decided to relocate and retire.Jones was born in San Diego, California on Oct. 15, 1941, to Charles and Irene...

Ernest H. Lorbeer

Feb. 2, 2017 - Ernest (Ernie) H. Lorbeer died Oct. 31. He was 91.Lorbeer was born in Pasumali, India on Feb. 13, 1925, to missionary parents Elva and Lloyd Lorbeer. The family returned to Claremont, California on a sabbatical when Ernie was 14 years old. He and...

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Robert Spenger

Feb. 2, 2017 - Robert Ehreke Spenger died recently. He was 93.Born in Berkeley, California in 1924, Spenger moved with his family to Marin County when he was six, where his father had a shrimp fishery and processing plant. Spenger helped pick shrimp, and enjoyed...

Glenn Martin Heestand

Glenn Martin Heestand

Jan. 13, 2017 - Glenn Martin Heestand of Plesanton died Dec. 18. He was 74.Born June 17, 1942, in Canton, Ohio to parents Glenn and Elizabeth Heestand, he grew up working at his family's lumber company in Tiffin, Ohio, where he learned the value of hard work and...

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Charles Frederick 'Joe' Baker

Jan. 11, 2017 - Charles Frederick “Joe” Baker died Jan. 5, in Livermore. He was 77.Baker was born at Fort Hayes Army Base in Columbus, Ohio on April 13, 1939. As the son of a military father, his childhood was spent traveling and moving throughout the U.S and...

Archie G. "Bart" Bartholomew

Jan. 6, 2017 - Archie G. "Bart" Bartholomew died Oct. 10 in Livermore after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 84.Bartholomew was born July 29, 1932 in Kalkaska, Michigan, to Flossie Antoinette (Carroll) and father Ralph Bartholomew. He attended Belleville High...

Lee Tyler Gillette, II

Lee Tyler Gillette, II

Jan. 5, 2017 - Lee Tyler Gillette II died in Modesto, California Dec. 10. He was 60.Gillette was born in Livermore to parents, Lee and Delores Gillette. He was raised in Livermore, and after marrying, he moved to Salida, California, to raise his family. He...

Stanley Joe Smith

Stanley Joe Smith

Jan. 3, 2017 - Stanley (Stan) Joe Smith died Dec. 17. He was 62.Smith was born Sept. 6, 1954, in Ada, Oklahoma to J.L. and J.M. Smith. The family came to California when Smith was 2 years old. He attended Oakley School from grades K-8, moving on to Liberty High...