B6 111 THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021 BAY AREA NEWS GROUP Obituaries & In Memoriam To place an Obituary notice in The Mercury News, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (408) 920-5276. www.bayareaobits.com Obituary Index Please submit your obituary notice to: mnobits@ bayareanewsgroup.com or call (408) 920-5276 for information Please visit www.legacy.com to view the online obituaries and sign the online guestbook James Harville Karen F. King July 6, 1945 - Jan. 6, 2021 ALCANTAR, ROBERT CHIU, GEORGE HARVILLE, JAMES KING, KAREN SHEPHERD, ROBERT On December 31, 2020, Palo Alto resident, George W. Chiu, passed away at the age of 86, due to Covid-19. George graduated from Palo Alto High – class of 1953. He received his BS Chemical Engineering from San Jose State. George Chiu’s 30 year career at Intel began shortly after its founding in 1968, when George left Fairchild Semiconductor to became the 39th employee of Intel. June 14, 1961 - Nov. 30, 2020 Resident of San Jose San Jose James Alden Harville passed away late on Wednesday evening January 6, 2021 at the age of 75 after a short hospitalization and diagnosis of Bile Duct Cancer. He was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente Hospital on Saturday, January 2nd where his health went steadily downhill until late Wednesday night. Jim Harville was a legendary Bellarmine College Preparatory English teacher and Speech and Debate coach. He was inducted into the Bellarmine Alumni Hall of Fame in 2019 in recognition of his remarkable work both in and out of the classroom. Mr. Harville was an inspired and inspiring teacher, whose career spanned 45 years. During his 32 years as Head Speech and Debate Coach, Bellarmine won 13 State Championships and the National Team Championship in 1994. Jim was also a musician and singer. Jim is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Linda Kay Roshon Harville, a sister, brother and his wife, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Due to the pandemic, no services are planned at this time. A memorial service and celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. “The Will of God won’t take us where the Grace of God won’t keep us.” Karen King, an x-ray Technologist at El Camino Hospital and lifelong resident of the Bay Area, died after fighting a 7 year battle with cancer at the age of 59. Karen is survived by her husband, Blake Uyeda; sons, Nicholas Papiri (Brooke) and Michael Papiri; mother, Jean Hartshorn; sister, Lori King (Stan); and brother, Eddie King. She is predeceased by her father, Edward (Buzzie) King Jr.; and grandparents Edward and Dorothy King. Karen was born in San Francisco to Edward and Jean King. She grew up in Sunnyvale and attended Peterson high school, class of ‘79. Karen was a devoted mother, wife, sister, niece, aunt, and daughter. A virtual memorial service was held in December for close friends and family. Donations may be offered to The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance - www.ocrahope. org. Obituaries may not appear in alphabetical order George’s initial job was to establish a semiconductor package and assembly operation for Intel, which at that time had yet to produce its first integrated circuit device. This index may not reflect all obituaries published A year or so later, George had helped establish a group of technicians, operators, equipment and materials to package the first working devices when they were produced by Intel’s fledgling wafer fab and circuit design operations. This was a critical step to help Intel gain a foothold in the manufacturing and production of advanced MOS devices. Sign a guestbook, find directions, donate to charity or send flowers. From that point on, George played an integral part in developing an ever expanding array of semiconductor package and assembly operations to meet the needs of both increasing complexity and lower cost package requirements as Intel grew from zero revenue in 1968 to an annual revenue of 6.1 billion dollars when he retired in late 1998. See the obituary section at Along this road, George introduced hermetic ceramic and low cost CerDIP packages with 14 to 18 leads (electrical connections) in the early years, culminating in the development of advanced materials and processes in support of Intel’s introduction of its C4 (Controlled Collapse Chip Connection) process permitting devices with hundreds, and eventually thousands, of electrical connections, which represents the state of the art today, more than 20+ years past his retirement from Intel. In the 1960s, he was a true hippie: going to rock concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium, camping in a custom van fashioned with ship’s portholes, and designing a Japanese tea garden house in his backyard. Truly a creative, handson, and curious individual interested in woodworking, making leather goods, and restoring scientific instruments/ antiques. Married Jennifer. With Florence, he travelled the world, most notably the Silk Trade Route in China. In his retirement years, he enjoyed trying new Chinese restaurants and serving his friends more servings of food than they could eat. George was preceded in death by his wife, Florence (2011) and his son, Jeff (2001). He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, son-in-law, Norman and two grandchildren: Jared and Monica. A celebration of life will be planned when social gatherings can be safely held again. Donations in his honor can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Stanford Children’s Hospital. mercurynews.com Florence, and raised two children, Jeff and Life Stories Live On Find current & past obituaries online at MercuryNews.com Sign a guest book View photos Read stories and special remembrances Visit MercuryNews.com and click on obituaries Database powered by Legacy.com Robert Alcantar Feb. 19, 1966 - Jan. 9, 2021 Resident of San Jose Robert, better known as “Beto” to family and many friends left us too soon on January 9th, the anniversary of his mother’s (Ernestina) passing. He was an Oakland A’s and Raiders fan; an avid hunter and fisherman. After graduating from Overfelt High School, he had a 25-year career as a floor layer and was currently employed at the County Valley Health Center on Tully Road, San Jose. Beto was preceded in death by his father Hilario and sister Maria Teresa. He is survived by his wife Bianca and step-children Leilani and Derek Pangan; his children, Robert (Becky), Isaac (Tiana), Miranda and Jordan and grandchildren, Alonzo, Santana, Josiah, Nayeli, Lorenzo, and Nova. In addition, he leaves behind his siblings, Hilario, Francisco, Ernesto and Laly; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He will always be remembered for his infectious smile, great sense of humor and dance moves! We will sorely miss him. Outdoor visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 10am2pm and Wednesday Jan. 27th at 12pm; funeral service will begin at 2pm. All services will take place at Lima Family Erickson, 710 Willow St., San Jose. Robert Shepherd July 17, 1938 - January 9, 2021 Resident of Santa Cruz Robert James Shepherd – Cherished husband, beloved father and grandfather, and mentor to thousands, Bob passed away peacefully of cancer on January 9, 2021 in the arms of his sweetheart of 56 years. An only child, Bob was born on July 17, 1938 to Charles Shepherd and Bertha Figge Shepherd. Bob is survived by his devoted wife Helen (Pollock) Shepherd, his two daughters and son-in laws, Michele Horsley and her husband Matt, Kristi Patterson and her husband Tom, and his 5 grandchildren, Maxwell, Greta, Oliver, Henry, and Gladwin. Growing up in Inglewood, CA Bob graduated from Morningside High School in 1957 and joined the proud ranks of the US Coast Guard. He then went on to work as a Los Angeles County Sheriff officer, where he met his wife Helen, while earning his B.S. (1965) and M.A. (1970) in Accounting from the University of Southern California. In 1965 he joined the accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co. in Los Angeles, CA. In 1967 Bob became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1971, Bob moved to Santa Cruz to take a position as Chief Accountant with the County of Santa Cruz. In 1977 Bob accepted the position as Finance Director for the City of Santa Cruz where he worked for 14 years. After retiring, Bob was asked to serve on the County Treasurers Oversight Board for several years. He was an active participant and leader for many years in the Santa Cruz Toastmasters Club, where he honed his public speaking skills and made many friends. In 1975, Bob began teaching an accounting class at Cabrillo College, a decision that would have an enormous impact on the direction of his life as well as the lives of the thousands of students he would teach and inspire over the years. Bob said, “I think a successful career is finding out what you do best and doing more of it” and this was certainly true for him when he began as a full-time professor in 1991. Initially, he taught accounting at both San Jose State and UCSC. He eventually went fulltime at UCSC where he taught from 1983 to 2015. Bob was founder and professor of the accounting path of Business Management Economics. With his dry and entertaining sense of humor he made the accounting classes fun and interesting. The BME program grew rapidly and was one of the largest majors on campus and attracted accounting firms to seek out those graduating from his program. During his tenure at UCSC Bob was twice awarded the Excellence in Teaching award, the Universal Design of Instruction at UCSC, the Golden Apple Distinguished Professor award, and the California Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator award. Through his passion for teaching, his legacy lives on in the lives of many students who selected the accounting path and credit him with their success today. He was extremely proud of his students. Many stayed in contact with him and he enjoyed the numerous phone calls or e-mails when they would let him know, “I passed the CPA exam!” Bob was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his family. They all adored him and feel grateful to have had such a wonderful person in their lives. He enjoyed many years of backpacking in the Sierras, watching USC football games, walks with colleagues and friends, traveling the world, and sharing meals and a glass of wine with his wife and their wonderful friends. In the past year, Bob was always seen in his Coast Guard hat with a smile on his face and a warm greeting. His positive outlook on life and exceptionally good attitude were on display in his relationships with friends and family, his work colleagues, his students, and new people he would meet on the street, a hiking trail, or during his travels. He was truly one of a kind. He had a sparkle in his eye, a witty bit of advice for all, and a mantra that life is good. The family wishes to extend thanks to those who helped provide amazing care and support this past year. Cristal, Maria, Christina, and his doctor, Satish Chandra and staff, as well as the caring team from Hospice of Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation can be made to the Robert J. Shepherd Economics Accounting Path Scholarship at UCSC or to a charity of your choice. A celebration of life is planned for later in the year.