Megan McKinney McClay
Megan McKinney McClay, a Coastside resident between the years of 1970 and 1982, died June 21 at age 43, due to congestive heart failure, at the Kaiser North hospital in Sacramento.
Ms. McClay was born in Berkeley and lived in Livermore until 1970, when her family relocated to Half Moon Bay. While living on the Coastside, she attended Farallone View Elementary, Cunha Intermediate, and Half Moon Bay High schools, graduating from high school in 1980.
While in high school, she was active in 4-H and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
With a love of animals, she participated in gymkhana on the coast. With 4-H, she made a project of photographing some of the many unwanted cats that her mother, who worked in a veterinarian's office, brought home.
"It was really a nice job that she did" with that project, said her mother, Roberta McKinney of Moss Beach.
Ms. McClay also worked as a nurse's aide from about 1980 to 1982 at now-Seton Medical Center Coastside.
Though born with a heart condition that required surgery in her youth, Ms. McClay did not let that interfere with her upbeat outlook.
"She was a good friend to people," her mother said. "She was the kind to root for the underdog."
Ms. McClay married her husband, Brian McClay, also a Coastside resident, in 1982, and the couple moved to Redwood City where their first daughter was born. They lived there until 1988, when they relocated to Mountain View, where a second daughter followed.
In addition to being a homemaker and raising her daughters, Ms. McClay worked as a part-time cashier in various places, most recently for Target in Mountain View.
She and her husband separated in 1996, and Ms. McClay relocated to Sacramento. Two years ago, she moved to Roseville.
She made a strong impression on the skilled nursing staff who helped care for her toward the end of her life. "She was sweet, kind to people," said her mother. "She was stubborn - that's what kept her alive."
Ms. McClay is preceded in death by her stepfather, Joseph DeFelice of Half Moon Bay. She is survived by her mother, Roberta McKinney of Moss Beach, her father, Mickey McKinney of Port Townsend, Wa., and her daughters, Colleen R. (and husband Scott) Peltz, and Amanda McClay, both of San Jose, and a grandson, William B. Peltz, who was born June 10, 2004.
She is also survived by her brother Scott M. McKinney (and wife Sherrill Lavagnino) of Oakland, and sisters Ann Wellington of San Francisco and stepsister Malia DeFelice (and husband Chris Hayward) of Half Moon Bay.
Ms. McClay had requested to be cremated. A family memorial gathering was held July 17 in Moss Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ms. McClay's name be made to any animal rescue organization.
Robert Lee Horn
Robert Lee Horn, a 22-year Coastside resident between about 1973 and the mid-1990s, died on Aug. 4 at age 71 at the Veterans Affairs Hospice in Palo Alto, following a nine-month illness.
Mr. Horn was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Monterey. After serving in the Navy, he became an electronics engineer, working in the United States and in the Pacific, primarily for government contracts. That work took him briefly to the former tracking station at Pillar Point Harbor.
Mr. Horn was a reticent but well-liked man, said his sister, Paula Ballard Brown of Pleasanton.
"He was kinda shy, not gregarious, but did well with one-on-one," she said. "When you got to know Bob, you just loved him. I don't think he had any enemies."
Mr. Horn loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing and flying his ultra-light powered parachute. He also loved gardening and keeping some small livestock on a lot adjacent to his El Granada home. On that piece of land, his sister said, he kept chickens, rabbits and goats, and tended a vegetable garden.
"He was a quasi-farmer, I guess," she laughed.
Upon retiring in the mid-1990s, Mr. Horn bought a motor home and divided his time between Oregon, California and Arizona.
He is survived by his sister, Paula Ballard Brown of Pleasanton, a son, Gerry Horn, two nieces, six grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends.
Following his wishes, no formal services were planned. He had requested to be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in Monterey and John Day, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the VA Hospice, Palo Alto, at 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290.
Curtis V. Williams
Curtis Williams, a builder and 54-year La Honda resident who lived on the Williams Ranch, which had been in his family for six generations, died July 30 at his home, due to cancer. He was 59.
Mr. Williams was born in England and came to the United States at age 2. He and his mother, a war bride, joined his father, who was waiting at the family ranch.
He attended La Honda Elementary School and Pescadero High School, from which he graduated in 1962. He soon became a journeyman carpenter, but then signed up for the Navy Seabees. During his time in the service in the late 1960s, he spent 11 months in Vietnam, helping build housing for the Vietnamese in cities that included Danang and Hue.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to La Honda, and became a general contractor. He also founded Skyline Builders.
Over the years, he built or remodeled many homes for clients in the surrounding areas. Most recently, he was known for the unique horse barns he built in Woodside and Portola Valley.
He was also known for the quality of his work and for his solid roots on the coast.
"Curt was known for being honest, friendly, perfectionist in his work, loving his family and the family ranch," said his sister, Pam McReynolds of La Honda. "He enjoyed sharing stories that reflected the unique history and character of the Coastside."
In the past five years, Mr. Williams, and his wife, Jeanne, raised, trained and showed Clydesdales.
"The beauty, strength, and kind souls of this draft breed really captured his interest as well as his heart," his sister said.
They showed the horses at draft horse shows in Grass Valley, Hollister and in Fourth of July parades in Half Moon Bay and Redwood City.
Mr. Williams also developed a wide and appreciative circle of friends.
"If friendship had a monetary value, Curt would have been a millionaire many times over," McReynolds said.
Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his parents, Olga and Cy Williams, and a brother, Mark Williams.
He is survived by his wife of six years, Jeanne Williams of La Honda, his children, Katie and Jeff Williams of Redwood City, and his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, Pam, Cris and Scott McReynolds, all of La Honda.
A celebration of Mr. Williams' life, for family and friends, is planned Sept. 11.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the educational foundation and/or youth programs of the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA, 17346 Kelley Road, Pecatonica, Ill., 61063.