John Stidd

Obituary of John Mills Stidd

John Mills Stidd, 77, of Los Altos, California died peacefully in his home on the morning of June 14, 2021. He is survived by Karen Elvira (Browne) Stidd, his wife of 56 years, his children Sean and Jessica, and his granddaughter Miriam.  

John was born in Pendleton, Oregon to Charles Ketchum Stidd and Barbara Jean (Mills) Stidd on January 12, 1944. He attended Pendleton High School and Reed College before enlisting in the Air Force, where he served his country during the Vietnam war. His keen mathematical talent and computer training brought him to Silicon Valley, where he worked for a series of tech startups and then for the famous Xerox research labs in Palo Alto. 

John was a stroke survivor who courageously fought the effects of his stroke for almost twenty years. In spite of this, he never lost his keen sense of humor or his love for math, science, history, economics, political science, and music, and he completed the Jumble with his wife Karen every day. He was a master level bridge player as well as a keen student of go and poker and a skilled and knowledgeable photographer who took classes with Ansel Adams. He studied Pali so he could read the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha. He was curious and enthusiastic to the end. A private service was held for John’s family, who will miss him along with all who knew him. 

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