April 16, 1937 - Nov. 27, 2021
Joseph Hefner was born in Cullowhee, North Carolina on April 16th, 1937 to Cecil and Jane Bailey Hefner. He passed away in the early morning of Saturday, November 27th at his home in Palo Alto, CA surrounded by his son, David Hefner, daughter-in-law Courtney Hefner, and grandchildren Brady and Willow Hefner. Joe's wife of 40 years Kathleen passed away on March 28th, 2017 with him by her side.
Joe was an avid reader and a curious person. He loved to learn about space, time, investing, and he frequently took continuing education classes at Stanford University. He was optimistic, intelligent, and thoughtful. "Think like a proton, always positive," Joe liked to say. He looked at rocks as calendars and telescopes as time machines. He took pleasure in correcting other people's grammar up until his final conversation with his doctor. He loved movies, nature, and had a fascination with fly fishing. One of Joe's favorite movies was A River Runs Through It, based on the novella by Norman Maclean. Below is a quote from that movie:
"Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it."
Joe was a devoted husband, loving father, and a cherished grandfather. He will forever be missed.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2021.