Obituaries

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Birth Date: 
Mar 19, 1937
Date of death: 
Sep 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the beloved, David Johns.

David was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Fremont High School in Class of 1955. David attended San Francisco State University where he played basketball and graduated Class of 1960.

David’s lifelong career was a high school physical education teacher and sports coach at Encinal High School in Alameda. An avid sports lover, David enjoyed playing tennis and golf in his younger years and watching sports from his recliner in his golden years. David’s lifelong passion was being a loyal and dedicated Oakland Raiders fan and season ticket holder for over 50 years. His motto was “it is not over until it is over” and would never give up nor leave a game until it had finally ended.

David touched a lot of lives through sports and was committed to its core values of hard work, discipline and teamwork.

David enjoyed his retirement years living in beautiful Arnold, California. David was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and is survived by his wife of 25 years, Harriet Johns, sister, Margaret Watson, children, Lori Abreu and Lynne Johns, grandchildren, Ashley Kraut and Alexis Abreu, and great grandchildren, Olivia Bea Kraut and Carson Abreu Kraut.

Birth Date: 
May 16, 1924
Date of death: 
Sep 28, 2021

Alan Norman Weeden, 97, former investment banker, elite swimmer, and international conservationist, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Tuesday, September 28.

Born on May 16, 1924, the son of Frank and Mabel (Henrickson) Weeden, Alan grew up in Alameda, California. At Alameda High School, he was a champion swimmer, winning the 100-yard backstroke at the North Coast Section California meet all four years, and was student body president his senior year (1941). He was inducted into the Alameda High School Hall of Fame in 2018 for swimming.

In 1941, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he lettered in both Varsity Swimming and Varsity Water Polo, and was an All-American swimmer, setting national records in the 500 backstroke and 300 medley, and taking 2nd in the 150 backstroke in the 1947 NCAA championships. He pledged the Zeta Psi Fraternity and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

His college years were interrupted by World War II. From July 1943-June 1946, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, becoming part of Underwater Demolition (a precursor to Navy Seals), and assigned to Team 13. He served in a combat role in the Pacific Theatre.

In 1949, he began work at Weeden & Co., a securities dealer, where he headed the bond department, then ran the firm as president and CEO from 1967-1976. Weeden & Co. was a leader in the development of over-the-counter trading in industrial stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange, known as the “third market.” He was on numerous security industry Boards, including the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the Securities Industry Board of Governors, and the Municipal Bond Club of NY.

He was also a member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University from 1970-1975 and 1977-1980, and won the prestigious Gold Spike Award.

In 1976, he took a year-long sabbatical with his two sons and his daughter during which they traveled around the world, sea kayaking and hiking in many of the remaining wild places on earth, including Alaska, Patagonia, New Zealand, and Africa. He became an avid bird watcher after his first trip to East Africa in 1963. He traveled extensively, and his life list of birds seen worldwide totaled over 4,500 species.

After leaving Wall Street in 1979, he focused on conservation issues, participating on the Boards of many environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club Foundation, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, National Audubon Society, American Bird Conservancy, and others. He considered worldwide population growth to be the major problem facing humanity, and he devoted a great deal of time to this problem, becoming an early member of the Board of Zero Population Growth.

In 1985, he became president of the Weeden Foundation, which was founded by his father. The Foundation’s mission is protecting biodiversity, and it financed the first Debt for Nature swap, accomplished by Conservation International.

Alan was a lifelong swimmer and participated in numerous masters swimming events over the years. At age 90, at a Masters swim meet in Maryland, he set a new national record in his age category in the 50-meter backstroke.

He never lost his curiosity about the world, the desire to engage with issues he cared about, and his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Elliott Weeden, his children, Don (Vanessa), Bob (Susan), and Leslie (Joseph), four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and his younger brother, Don.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Alan’s name to the American Bird Conservancy, P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198

Birth Date: 
Jan 2, 1927
Date of death: 
Sep 4, 2021

Margaret de Kleer passed on to her eternal rest on September 4, 2021. She was over 94 years old and was ready to meet her Lord and Savior. She had a very happy and full life filled with God/church, friends, family, gardening (she loved her flowers), and traveling.
She was born January 2, 1927, in Nieuwveen, Holland, the youngest of 4 sisters. She grew up helping her father with his barge business, towing, loading, unloading etc.... and was always saying how strong she was because of all the hard work she did on that boat. After WWII she met her husband to be, Willem de Kleer (Bill) in 1950. He proposed with an invitation to immigrate to America. She said “YES, because he made me laugh.” What an adventurous spirit she had. Being an immigrant was a challenge, but she embraced it with a great attitude which she carried throughout her life. She thanked the Lord in gratefulness, every day. She had a special heart for newcomers/immigrants in church welcoming them with invitations for coffee and meals. She always had a large supply of home baked Dutch cookies to share. She worked hard raising six daughters whom she loved deeply, keeping a tidy house, and then started babysitting so she could earn extra money to bring her whole family to Holland in 1969. Her favorite pastime was gardening, and she received compliments on her garden all the time. She also loved flower arranging and decorated the church every Sunday with a beautiful arrangement at the front altar with mostly flowers from her garden. Crocheting and knitting also kept her busy especially after her daughters started having children. She knitted baby blankets, afghan’s, baby sweaters, hats, booties, Christmas ornaments and when the great grandkids started coming, she kept knitting. She was very generous with her crafts donated annually to Alameda Christian School for their fundraising festival.
Once she retired from babysitting, she and Bill bought a small motorhome and visited all the daughters and grandchildren that had moved to other states. They also ventured out with fellow church members for weeks at a time and loved seeing the country. They both loved nature, especially the wildflowers whenever they went on hikes. She and Bill were married for 67 wonderful years and their relationship showed amazing love, companionship, commitment, and a faith in God that was unshakable.
In 2017, after 59 years in their house in Alameda, they decided to sell/move to be close to their daughter Glenda, in Poulsbo, Washington. Margaret took care of Bill, until he passed almost a year later at their assisted care facility. During her almost 4 years there she was the sunshine of the facility smiling and greeting her fellow tenants at meals and activities. Her sense of humor made her easy to get along with and everyone always enjoyed her company, positive attitude, and zest for life. She was a huge hugger that went along with her huge heart, and she will be missed.
Margaret’s legacy lives on in her 6 daughters, 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. There will be no services per her wishes.

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