Stefan Martin, Ph.D., died Aug. 6 at the age of 53.
Mr. Martin was born in Baltimore, Md. He was the oldest of nine children.
In 1992 he received his Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics from the University of Maryland College Park. After more than 20 years in the teaching profession he transitioned to the world of business. He became highly skilled in computer languages and operating systems. Most recently he worked as a system administrator for Netflix.
Mr. Martin enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, reading and nature. He had a profound love for people, animals and living life to the fullest. He will be remembered as a gifted, omnipotent, articulate and conscientious problem-solver with a love for the study of language.
He is survived by his wife Jeannine Broadwell; mother Dorothy Martin; siblings Denise St. John, Melinda Coleman, Felicia Martin, Brian Martynowicz, Dwayne Martin and Kevin Matin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and five cats.
He was preceded in death by his father Edmund J. Martin and sisters Valerie Martin and Shawn Martin.
Memorial services were held Aug. 11 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary and Aug. 18 at Evans Funeral Chapel.
John Ray Jordan
John Ray Jordan died Aug. 10 in Pleasanton at the age of 79.
Mr. Jordan was born Oct. 1, 1927 in Cushman, Ark. He moved from Saratoga, Calif. to Pleasanton in 1978. He served in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II and retired from the San Jose Water Works Company in 1985.
He loved the many camping trips with family and friends before retirement. He enjoyed music, golf and traveling with his loving wife of 55 years, Denva. One of the most important aspects of his life was his faith in God. He was an active member of the First Church San Jose for many years.
Mr. Jordan is survived by wife Denva Jordan; son Gary and wife Michelle and step-granddaughters Breanne and Kaylie; step-grandson Anthony; daughter Nancy Gayles and granddaughters Deanna and Jordan; brother Woodrow Jordan; brother-in-law and sister-in-laws Jim and Donna Hogue, Betty Borland, Katherine Jones and Lucy Hogue; many nieces and nephews; and a host of loving friends.
Visitation was held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary Aug. 15. A celebration of life service was held at First Church San Jose Aug. 16.
Louie Lopez died peacefully in his sleep Aug. 19 at the age of 27.
A lifetime resident of Pleasanton, Mr. Lopez was said to bring joy and laughter to everyone he met. He graduated from Livermore High School in 2000. He loved singing, dancing and listening to his favorite music and having family get-togethers. He was a Special Olympics athlete who participated in all the sports and attended all RADD activities. He was a very involved member of St. Augustine Church and the Spred Program. He was the heart and soul of the family and he will be truly missed by all that knew him.
Beloved son of Louie and Denise Lopez, beloved son of Louie and Denise Lopez, he is survived by mother Tami Longo; brothers, Patrick, Nathan, Nick and Felix Lopez; Uncle Al and Auntie Leti and cousins Alfonso, Angelica, and Alex Lopez of Pleasanton; Uncle Sal and Auntie Teresa and cousins, Nate, Danielle, and Gabriel Gonzalez of Hayward; and Uncle John and Auntie Lucy and cousins John and Jessica Flores of Livermore.
A visitation will be held Aug. 23 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary with a funeral mass Aug. 24 at St. Augustine Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Special Olympics, in loving memory of Louie Lopez, 3480 Buskirk Ave., Ste. 340, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.