Kenneth Kliest remembered some of the Coastside's more colorful yesterdays.
"He could recall the 'old' times, when (rock star) Neil Young's buffalo herd would invade his place, and what a thrill that was," said Steve Bowerman of El Granada, who described Mr. Kliest as his "best friend."
Mr. Kliest died Dec. 12 at age 51 at Fresno Community Hospital, due to spinal cancer.
Mr. Kliest was born in Santa Monica, and his family relocated to San Gregorio, to their Bear Gulch ranch, in 1966. The ranch was a place where he loved growing up, Bowerman said.
As a student at Half Moon Bay High School, from which he had graduated in 1971, Mr. Kliest excelled in the agricultural program. He was a member of Future Farmers of America, and was also on the track team.
On their ranch, he and his family raised "just about every type of animal imaginable, and his garden was always producing," Bowerman said.
For many years, Mr. Kliest worked as a carpenter, before he became a licensed general building contractor.
With his own company, Manzanita Construction, he built homes from Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz, including many on the Coastside.
In 1990, Mr. Kliest and his wife, Laurie, and their newborn son, Hunter, moved to the Sierra mountain town of Ahwahnee, Calif., where he built his own house among pine and oak tree forests on their 100 acres of land. "He was extremely proud" of that home, Bowerman said. A year after their move, their second son, Chase, was born.
Mr. Kliest continued to work as a carpenter in the Ahwahnee and Oakhurst area, and sometimes was employed as a heavy equipment operator. In the summer of 2003 he was rushed up to the major fire in Simi Valley, to work a bulldozer along the fire lines.
He spent his last weeks in a hospital bed set up in his home, before being moved to the Fresno Community Hospital.
Mr. Kliest is preceded in death by his father, Gordon Kliest, of Fountain Valley, Calif., who died in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie, and his sons Hunter and Chase, all of Ahwahnee, and his mother, Nancy Kliest, and brothers Keith and Kevin Kliest, all of Oakhurst.
Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Mountain Christian Center at 40299 Highway 49 in Oakhurst. The center can be reached at (559) 683-7332.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kliest Family Fund, care of Yosemite Bank, P.O. Box 2060, Oakhurst, CA 93644.
Eric P. Dundatscheck
Eric P. Dundatscheck of Half Moon Bay, a 15-year Coastside resident, died Dec. 21 at Sequoia Hospital, due to cancer. He was 86.
A native of New Jersey and graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., where he also earned a postgraduate degree, Mr. Dundatscheck worked for three years as an electrician's helper and a stevedore on New York's East River waterfront. He also spent one year as a refrigeration engineer on a fruit ship.
During World War II, Mr. Dundatscheck served in the Air Force on active duty, both attended and taught aircraft mechanics' school, and served as an aircraft engineering officer. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After the war, he worked as an IBM customer engineer and development engineer, computer programmer and systems analyst for roughly nine years.
He also taught at ITT where he was programmer, systems analyst and manager for 10 years. And he worked as a communication software system specialist with Informatics CTI for three years, and as a private SAS software consultant for five years.
Outside of work, Mr., Dundatscheck's passions included bridge and ballroom dancing. He became an ACBL Certified Director in 1975, the same year he scored sectional tournament results. However, the congestion of tobacco smoke found in bridge clubs required him to leave that atmosphere when he had bypass surgery. He returned to bridge when he relocated to California and the coast in 1991.
In summer 1999, he directed bridge activities for Cotton Clubs. He had also attained ACBL advanced-level teaching accreditation for teaching bridge.
Mr. Dundatscheck was a "kind, caring" man, said his friend Jessica Mangrubang of Half Moon Bay, whose father, Fred Mangrubang, now of Canada Cove, had roomed with Mr. Dundatscheck on the Coastside.
"He was honorable," said Mr. Dundatscheck's daughter, Elaine Bindler of Warwick, N.Y.
Mr. Dundatscheck is survived by his former wife, Jennie, and daughter Joy Dundatscheck, both of Browns Mills, N.J., his son Paul Dundatscheck of Pomona, N.Y., and daughters Joan Berkowski of Honolulu, Elaine Bindler of Warwick, N.Y., and Nancy Dundatscheck, of Iowa. He is also survived by a sister, Ethel Brandt, of Waldwick, N.J.
Mr. Dundatscheck requested that his body be donated to Stanford Medical School.
Michael Henry Kellicutt, Ph.D.
November 24, 1939 - May 20, 2005
Michael Henry Kellicutt, Ph.D. died in a car accident South of Half Moon Bay on May 20, 2005, at the age of 65.
Michael was known in his much beloved Coastside Community as a reknowned photographer and author who taught photography classes and workshops. Principally a landscape photographer specializing in black and white prints of the Coast and Intermountain West, his compositions are simple, forceful and straightforward. He exhibited on the Peninsula and at this home Gallery, The Coastal Arts League.
He was a pioneer in the Silicon Valley developing manufacturing standards for quality control in the disk drive industry. A scientist with an artistic mind, his left brain was always in competition with his creative right brain. This is what made Michael an incomparable human being. He was a published scientist and author.
Michael's view of the world was shaped by his experience. He was deadly serious about life's difficulties and delightfully whimsical in the ordinariness of it all. At UC Davis, he earned his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology and taught there for ten years.
Michael did his own developing for over forty years, experimenting with photo-chemistry, emulsion manufacture and the early Edwin Land experiments on the instant production of color. For the last twenty-five years he carried cameras for nearly half a million miles of international travel, accumulating close to 25,000 negatives. Bob, Jim, Joe, Ira and Red shared many of the miles with Michael traveling around the world.
At the age of 10, Michael Kellicutt made an unauthorized C.O.D. purchase a "Money Making Photo Developing Kit" from an ad in Popular Mechanics Magazine. His father reluctantly paid the $4.95, using the occasion to impress upon the youngster the inadvisability of incurring any future C.O.D. charges without permission. After that, his father and his Uncle Stan supported his interest in photography.
Michael believed that photographs are meant to be, simply, instances of personal experience. They are brief vignettes of vision that are not meant to be didactic or symbolic. They are interesting because they are someone else's view. He likened an exhibition of his work to the brief vignettes in Hemingway's "In Our Time" - seemingly unconnected and varied, the only unifying factor being the experience of their creator.
Raised in Wisconsin, he stumbled upon the coast by accident when he came to the Bay Area to accept a job in San Carlos; he rented a room in Half Moon Bay and ended up staying for 25 years. He lived with his wife, Shirley (Hjort) and taught Ethics, Poetry and Seismology to his dogs Karla, Kandice and Jackie. He is survived by Shirley, his loving, tenacious wife for 18 years. His son Conor, wife Cindy, grandchildren Hanna & Shane Michael, loving sister Linda and husband Chris of Donnybrook, Ireland, family members and friends around the world will miss his magnetism.
He will be deeply missed by those he touched. Michael's intellect, wit, extensive knowledge, kindness and caring for both friends and strangers are the legacy he will leave in our hearts forever. The round table discussions with the Coastal Arts League members as well as Boris, Fritz, Richard, Harold, Rick, and John will be less lively without Michael.
In lieu of flowers or a memorial service, Shirley requests that donations be made to The Coastal Arts League, Kellicutt Photography Award, 300 Main Street #3, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019.
Patricia Ann Lucido
Patricia Ann Lucido, a 40-year resident of El Granada, died April 16 at the Valley Point nursing home in Castro Valley, after battling Alzheimer's disease. She was 87.
Mrs. Lucido was born in Pittsburg, Calif., and grew up in San Francisco. She married her husband, Bert Lucido, on Feb. 20, 1938.
The couple lived in San Francisco but frequently came down the coast to visit Mrs. Lucido's brother-in-law, a local fisherman. They liked the area and, in 1964, moved their family here. Mrs. Lucido lived in El Granada until relocating to Castro Valley in 2004.
She worked in factories and canneries, and for more than 30 years for the White Stagg Manufacturing Company as a sales associate. Upon leaving that work, she devoted herself to home and family as a full-time homemaker.
"She was a great cook, best known for her homemade raviolis, said her daughter, Mary Ann Utz of Half Moon Bay. "She loved her family."
Mrs. Lucido tended to put others first, said her daughter.
"She was always thinking of other people," Utz said. "She did so much for her family. She always came second."
Mrs. Lucido is preceded in death by her son, Joe Lucido, who died in Vietnam, and her siblings Joe Aiello, Mamie Calcagno and Jennie Hargens.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Bert Lucido of El Granada, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Bob Utz of Half Moon Bay. She is survived by grandchildren Ed and KC Lucido of Oakley, Calif. and Mike and Debbie Utz of El Granada, and great-grandchildren Carina, Mikaila, Dante, Dominic and Diovanni Lucido and Tyler and Ashley Utz.
She is also survived by siblings Peter Aiello of Millbrae and Jack Aiello of San Bruno, Nora Gambino and Mary Menicucci, both of San Francisco, and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, April 30, at 3 p.m., followed by a Rosary service at 8 p.m., at Miller-Dutra Coastside Chapel in Half Moon Bay. A blessing service will he held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, at the All Saints Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery