Friday, February 27, 2009

Diane Allen Irion (1930 - 1999)

Diane Irion

Diane Allen Irion of Saratoga died on Jan. 5 in Los Gatos at the age of 67.

Born Feb. 10, 1930, in Portland, Ore., she attended the Anna Head School in Berkeley and later graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1952 with a degree in liberal arts.

In 1954, she married Richard Fales Irion, who was a vice president and manager of Bank of the West branches in Los Gatos, Sunnyvale and San Jose. She was active in the Montalvo Service Group, Foothill Women's Club, Pi Beta Phi and Panhellenic.

Irion was known for her love of gardens, flowers, birds, dogs and beauty and nature in general. She also enjoyed organizing gatherings of family and friends and helping anyone who needed her. Together with her small stature, these attributes earned her the nicknames "the original mighty mouse" and "super chick."

Survivors include husband Richard Irion of Saratoga; daughters Susan Nonnenberg of Rocklin and Sherrill Kuc of Ellicott City, Md.; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services have been held. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Diane Irion Memorial Garden, in care of the Los Gatos Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1018, Los Gatos, 95031.

This article appeared in the Saratoga News, February 4, 1998.

Leonard Feldheym (1916 - 1997)

Leonard Feldheym

Leonard Feldheym, 80, a Saratoga resident for 48 years, died Dec. 29 of natural causes at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose.

Feldheym was an architect who designed a number of houses in Saratoga, including one that received an award from Better Homes and Gardens, said his wife, Betty.

Feldheym was born in Chicago in Jan. 29, 1916, and was educated at UC-Berkeley, where he obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics.

He began his architecture practice as a sole proprietor, then joined Allen DeGrange and Twain Reid in the San Jose firm of Feldheym, DeGrange and Reid, where he was able to pursue his dream of building affordable housing, said Betty Feldheym.

"This was something he always wanted to do," said his wife. "He was on the Affordable Housing Committee of the Santa Clara County Council of Churches and on the Social Responsibility Committee of Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship."

Feldheym was active in the Saratoga Senior Center and the Los Gatos Unitarian Fellowship.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Feldheym leaves a daughter, Ellen Jackson of Sacramento, and two granddaughters, Jessica and Joycelyn Jackson, both students at UC-Davis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship, 15980 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos.

This article appeared in the Saratoga News, January 8, 1997.

John E. Cox MD ( 1909 -1999)

John E. Cox

Longtime Saratoga resident John E. Cox, M.D., died in his home Nov. 14 at the age of 90.

Born April 10, 1909, in Toronto, Alberta, Cox and his family emigrated from Canada in 1916, at which time his father took a job as a printer at a New York City newspaper. Two years later, Cox's mother died of tuberculosis.

Cox quit school as a young teen and began working as a lithographer's assistant in New York City. He also joined the Boy Scouts, which began a lifelong dedication to the scouting movement. Cox later moved to Ridgefield Park, N.J., where he spent a number of years. In 1928, he learned he, too, had tuberculosis, so he packed up and drove with a friend to the warmer, drier climate of the Southwest.

He settled in New Mexico, where he was hired to work in a veterans hospital. After four years, he was transferred to California to work as an orderly and surgeon's assistant at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. By the time he was transferred to another such hospital in San Francisco, Cox decided to go back to high school, earn a diploma and then obtain a degree in medicine.

While pursuing his bachelor's degree at Stanford University, Cox met his future wife, Flora Martens, who was walking along Palm Drive on campus. A few months later, a friend set him up on a blind date that coincidentally turned out to be Flora again. The couple were married two years later, on June 21, 1941. At the time, Cox was working at a Boy Scout camp in the Sierras to help pay his college expenses and had to take his new wife there for their "first" honeymoon. Fifteen years later, he made up for it by taking Flora to Hawaii. In later years, Cox held titles including Scoutmaster and commissioner to the Northern California Boy Scouts Council and the National Council. He held the Scoutmaster's Key, the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope awards.

In 1944, Cox received his M.D. degree from the Stanford University Medical School, completed a residency at Santa Clara County Hospital and became a partner of Dr. Louis Mendelsohn, a longtime family practice doctor in Saratoga. He also joined the Saratoga Men's Club around this time. In 1949, the growing Cox family built their dream home on a road the city later named Jacks Road in Cox's honor. Cox was known throughout the community as a doctor who didn't mind making house calls and got to know his patients on a personal basis as a good friend.

In 1952, Cox became active in Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign. He later was elected to the Saratoga School District's Board of Education and served there for eight years. He also played a key role in the founding of the Saratoga Good Government Group, which had its genesis in the Cox living room in the mid-1950s.

At age 55, Cox had the first of five heart attacks, which forced him to retire early. This, however, gave him more time to invest in his family, community and Christian ministry. He taught high school-age youth at the Los Gatos Christian Church and served as board member for San Jose-based City Team Ministries. Most recently, he was a member of Lone Hill Church in San Jose.

Survivors include wife of 59 years, Flora Cox of Saratoga; son and daughter-in-law John E. and Marianne Cox of Northridge; daughters and sons-in-law Margaret and David Johnson of San Jose and Lotte and Jim Tasker of Scotts Valley; and grandchildren Katie and John Cox, Michele and Lotte Johnson, and Emily and Jenny Tasker.

Memorial services have been held. Donations may be made to the John E. Cox Camping Scholarship Fund in care of City Team Ministries, 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose, 95131-1137.

Saratoga News November 24, 1999

Frank C. Clawson ( - 1996)

Frank Clawson

Frank Clawson, 69, a landscape contractor and a Saratoga resident for the past 30 years, died July 12 at El Camino Hospital after a brief illness.

Clawson was born in San Mateo and lived in Burlingame for 26 years. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1945 and then served in the Army in Japan during the postwar occupation. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC-Davis.

He started Frank Clawson Inc., a landscape contracting company, in 1960. During the 1960s and '70s, he worked with some of the Bay Area's notable architects. His work included South Bay high schools and community colleges, civic parks and many commercial developments. He retired in 1985.

Clawson volunteered his time at Sunnyview Manor Retirement Home, Our Lady of Fatima Convalescent Home and other community organizations serving the elderly and children. He was an avid golfer and fisherman who enjoyed the outdoors, camping and taking recreational vehicle trips with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Executive Plaza I, Suite 800, 11350 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031-1014, or the Sempervirens Fund in Mountain View, (415) 968-4509.

This article appeared in the Saratoga News, July 24, 1996.

Marion Card (-2002)

Marion Card, 1986 Citizen of the Year

Marion Card, Saratoga's Citizen of the Year in 1986, died Oct. 22. She was 86. She and her husband of 60 years, Col. Ernest M. "Bud" Card, resided in Saratoga from 1946 until 1997, when they moved to Paradise Valley Estates, a retirement resort community in Fairfield.

The Cards were instrumental in starting the Sister City relationship between Saratoga and Muko-shi, Japan. This program involves adult and student visits, as well as artistic exchanges between the cities. She was a docent instructor at Hakone Gardens, and served as a director and auxiliary president at Villa Montalvo. She produced video documentaries on both Hakone and Montalvo.

Card taught for 10 years at De Anza College in Cupertino and was a trustee emeritus of the California History Center on that campus. She was a past president of the Saratoga Parent Teachers Association, the Foothill Club, Friends of the Library and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was the first woman elder of the Saratoga Federated Church and was also honored for 20 years of leadership by the Girl Scout Neighborhood Council.

Born in Chicago, Card attended the University of Puget Sound and earned her degree in art history from the University of Washington. During college, she worked at Mount Rainier National Park, and after graduation she was a training director at Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago. Later she was Saratoga's correspondent for the Los Gatos Times-Observer before devoting her life to family, community service and foreign travels.

She is survived by her husband, their four daughters and their families: Carol Moore of Santa Ana, Ashley and H.B. Williams of Punta Gorda, Fla., Janice Card and John Parker of Davis, and Melinda and Stan Dittman of Napa and grandsons Derek and Tyler Dittman.

A memorial service will be conducted Nov. 2 at Paradise Valley Estates. As the resident historian there, she had photographed the community activities and celebrations and documented them in scrapbooks which are displayed in the visitors' lobby of the community center.

Friends are invited to inurnment ceremonies at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Madronia Cemetery. The Rev. Arvin Eggleston of the Saratoga Federated Church will officiate. Donations can be made to Hakone Gardens.

Saratoga News October 30, 2002

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Norman Koepernik

This is such an interesting marker with the bronze tree branch.

I would like to learn more about this one.

Norman was 10 during the 1930 Census and was living with his parents (William & Louise Kaminski) and sister (Marjorie - 16) in Buffalo, NY.

It looks as though he enlisted as a Private for WWII in the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Marion Francis "Frank" Dutro (1917-1998)

I actually had the honor of meeting this man - he was very intersting and had stories to tell of the photos that he took from the sky during war time.

Here is the obit from the local town paper:

Frank Dutro

Marion Francis "Frank" Dutro died in his Saratoga residence Jan. 15 at the age of 80.

Born Feb. 21, 1917, in Colorado Springs, he graduated from Grass Valley High School, Sacramento City College and the Los Angeles Art Center. During World War II, he belonged to the 165th Signal Photographic Company and worked as a combat photographer with the U.S. Army. Although assigned to the 1st Army unit, Dutro's three-man team did not limit themselves to one division or regiment. Among the images he captured on film was the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach.

For six months, Dutro was a prisoner of war, held by the Germans. Dutro was able to slip past German troops and rejoined his unit for the remainder of the war.

Dutro began working for Lockheed Corp. after the war's conclusion, but then picked up his camera again as a Korean War combat photographer. After rejoining Lockheed, he was assigned to the Missiles and Space Division at White Sands testing range near Holoman Air Force Base in New Mexico. This gave him more photographic opportunities.

From 1960 to 1983, Dutro worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale in the motion picture department, where he did cinematography and writing. He also made a historical video of Saratoga, where he was a member of the Saratoga Historical Foundation, the Saratoga Heritage Preservation Commission, Friends of Villa Montalvo and Friends of Hakone Gardens.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn Dutro of Saratoga; sons Frank Dutro Jr. of LaCrescenta and John Blake of Woodland Hills; and grandchildren Kelly Blake and Charles Dutro.

Memorial services have been held. Donations may be made to the Saratoga Historical Foundation, the Saratoga Federated Church, or to the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara County.

This article appeared in the Saratoga News, February 18, 1998

Monday, February 2, 2009

Reverend Jacob S. Moser (1849-1940)

There appears in the 1880 Census a Reverend Jacob S. Moser (Lutheran Minister) in Ashby, Shenandoah, Virginia. It shows that he was born in Tennesee and that his father was born in North Carolina and mother was born in Tennesee.

The record shows:
Name Age
Jacob S. Moser
S. E. VA. Moser
Charles K. Moser
Virginia D. Moser
Alice G. Walton

Will have to do more research on him.