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Community Pulse - March 14, 2008


Nadine Jeanne Burton

Longtime Danville resident Nadine Jeanne Burto, 82, passed away Feb. 21 at her home in Sonora where she'd lived for the last three years.

She was born April 30, 1926, and was raised in Oakland and attended Piedmont High. She lived in Danville for more than 50 years, where she was active in the Community Presbyterian Church and the Grandmothers' Club. She was manager of the San Ramon Valley Chamber of Commerce for several years before working as production assistant for Packaging Industries in San Leandro.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Burton of The Woodlands, Texas, and Mary Austin of Sonorna; and her son, Scott Burton of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by husbands Donald Burton and Jack Ridge, and her son, Lloyd Burton. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado Road in Danville.

Priestly 'Pat' Travis Hibdon

Priestly "Pat" Travis Hibdon, 85, of Danville passed away unexpectedly Dec. 11 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center after battling emphysema and colon cancer.

Pat, as he was known to his friends, was born in 1922 near Kenefic, Okla., the seventh of eight children to George and Mattie Hibdon. He was raised in Texas, then Orland, where he attended high school, excelling in academics and lettering in baseball and football. After graduating he worked a short time in San Francisco as a pile driver, and then joined the Army Air Corps. During World War II as a young pilot cadet, his ambition was to fly fighters, but during training his entire class was sent to a Troop Carrier Command in support of an Air Assault Operations initiative. He later served his commission as a flight instructor and pilot, ferrying troops into areas in the Pacific.

After the war he married Fern Williams, his high school sweetheart. Using the GI bill, he graduated from UC Berkeley in physics and then worked several years there, first building the Berkeley Synchrotron and then studying fundamental atomic interactions. He was a founding member and vice president of Scientific Engineering Laboratories, developing ultra high vacuum systems to test the first U.S. satellites. In 1962 he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories where he worked on classified projects until retirement in 1995.

He lived life to its fullest as a husband, father, fisherman and hunter. Later in life he became an avid golfer and joined Crow Canyon Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Fern; daughter Sharon and son-in-law Chris Murray of Soquel; son Dwight and daughter-in-law Joan of Park City, Utah; two grandchildren; sister Beth Jasper of Orland; and brothers Raymond of Orland and George Elby of Chico.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at the Federated Church in Orland.