John S. Traynor John S. Traynor, 88, passed away early Saturday morning January 11, 2014 while on a business trip to Visalia, California. He was born on August 26, 1925 in Santa Cruz, California, the son of Lee J. and Edith D. Traynor. John is survived by his sister, Joyce Traynor. John was raised in Palo Alto, California and attended Sherman and Mayfield grammar schools, Jordan Jr. High School and Palo Alto High School. He graduated from Paly in 1943, starting his college education that spring at Stanford University. His education was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. After the war, he returned to continue his education at Stanford and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Aeronautical Engineering Option in 1951. Subsequently, he was employed at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, but after several years he decided to attend Los Angeles Art Center School to study Industrial Design. John was issued several patents and had a life-long interest in diverse scientific fields. He formed ADCO, Advanced Design Company, and established and was President of Cellnor Corporation. John returned to Palo Alto to take care of real estate interests owned by his family until the properties were sold in the late 1980's. He and his sister jointly owned or participated in several real estate investments subsequently and at the time of his death. John's service will be held at Alta Mesa Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, California on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow the funeral service. All of John's friends and family are invited to attend.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 30, 2014