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John Plane

April 22, 1949 - May 27, 2018

John Preston Plane, resident of Hillsborough, passed away on May 27, 2018, at Mills-Peninsula Hospital at the age of 69, after a difficult battle with cancer. Born in Vallejo on April 22, 1949, raised in the East Bay, he spent most of his adult life in San Mateo. He spent four years in the Navy and served two tours in Vietnam on the USS Midway, meeting his wife of many years, Gale, in Hong Kong while on R&R.

John began his construction career in 1973 and worked for Hodgson Construction in Redwood City for 18 years, starting as an apprentice carpenter and ending as company president. In 1993 he founded John Plane Construction, Inc. which grew in size and reputation over nearly 25 years.

John was an avid duck hunter who loved his labs and anything in the outdoors, especially fishing. He was a long-time member of Murdock Gun Club in Colusa, CA, and a supporter of Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl Association. More recently, he enjoyed spending weekends in Bodega Bay and watching his grandsons play baseball and soccer.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Gale Larkin Plane of Hillsborough, daughters Elizabeth Plane of San Jose and Stephanie Plane of Watsonville, grandsons Preston Conrad, Anthony John (AJ) Plane, and Isaac Garcia, as well as his mother, Barbara Plane, and sister Barbara Leibundgut of Washington.

Services were private, but a celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 1-4 at Green Hills Country Club located at 500 Ludeman Lane in Millbrae, CA. The family suggests donations to Mission Hospice and Home Care or Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation in John's name.


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 10 to June 17, 2018
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