GRASS?VALLEY, CA – W. Jack Kidder passed away April 6, 2014 from complications of cancer. He was 75 years young.
He was born in Palo Alto, CA to Cedric and Eithel (Lambie) Kidder on July 19, 1938. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1956.
He went to work for the San Mateo County Assessor's Office as a draftsman, then was promoted to an appraiser. He later joined Elmer Berliner in private practice, forming the firm Berliner & Kidder. During this time he achieved his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. He retired earlier this year from Berliner, Kidder & Tish.
Jack was very involved in many organizations, always giving his best, from Sea Scouts, Little League coach, member of Optimists, and campaign treasurer of many elected officials in Palo Alto. He was on the Board and an Officer of the Appraisal Institute for many years. After he and his wife, Barbara moved to Pebble Beach he was on the Board becoming the President of the DMFPO. They moved to Grass Valley in 2006 and he was involved with Alta Sierra Golf and Country Club, serving on the Board and as the President. He joined The Nevada County Assessment Appeals Board, retiring last year.
Jack loved traveling abroad, golf, his Giants and 49ers, and any type of party, where he could be found working the room spreading his special cheer.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Barbara; five children, Darryl Sue Kidder, Kenneth Bogue, Deborah Miles, Cheryl Barton and David Bogue; eight wonderful grandchildren; sisters, Judy (Ed) Mori and Geraldine Kenyon; many nieces and nephews; his uncle, an aunt and numerous cousins; his large extended loving family and of course a wide circle of friends near and far. If you met Jack once he was your friend and you would never forget him.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his two sons, James Kidder and Gene Kidder.
There will be a celebration of his life on May 10, 2014 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge
at 11:30am with lunch to follow. The address is 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA. Please join us and bring a happy story to tell about him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to