Frank Macias

Former resident

Frank Macias died in Watsonville, Calif. on July 11, 2009, after a lengthy illness. He was 48.

A native of Tucson, Ariz., Mr. Macias moved to Los Altos with his parents at a young age. He resided in Milpitas from age 7 to 24. He boxed for P.A.L. during high school.

He worked in pool and spa maintenance most of his life. He loved maintaining cars and motorcycles. It was said there was nothing electrical (engines or home) he couldn't fix. He raced flat track (motorcycles) for several years as a young man with Wally Weisler and Shell Thuet. He always maintained that Milpitas at 534 Perry St. was his true home.

He loved music, especially the oldies of the 1950s and '60s and had a beautiful voice. He was a warm, loving person with a vast knowledge of many subjects.

He is survived by his children, Joseph, Katelyn and Kassandra of Granite Bay, Calif.; mother Ola Faus and her husband Ben Faus of Aptos; and siblings Drew Phillips of Santa Cruz, Julianne Pankratz of Boulder Creek and Jessica Faus of San Francisco. He is also survived by father Manuel Macias; wife Judith Macias of Sunnyvale; and siblings Mark Macias, Cheri Martinez, Danielle Macias and Melissa Erickson.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 9, at 12 p.m. at Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.

Mercedes U. Palma

Housewife, grandmother

Mercedes U. Palma, a Milpitas resident of 29 years, died July 29, 2009 after a


battle with cancer. She was 64.

Born in Candelaria, Zambales, Philippines, Mrs. Palma was a retired housewife and grandmother, and was part of the Candelaria, Zambales Organization. She loved playing slot machines, Mah-Jong and various card games.

Mrs. Palma is survived by her sons Erick and Joneal Palma, and grandchildren J'Angelo, Julius and Joshua Palma.

A viewing will be held today (Aug. 6) and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lima Family Milpitas-Fremont Mortuary. Burial will be Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the mortuary.

Gifts in Mrs. Palma's memory can be sent to the Palma residence, 616 Cornthia Drive, Milpitas, Calif., 95035.

Robert C. Shanks

Air Force veteran

Robert "Bob" Carl Shanks, 77, of Idaho Falls, died June 8, 2009 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Shanks was born Feb. 2, 1932 in Windsor, Vt., to Carl Haines Shanks and Forrestine Elaine Northrup Shanks. He attended Bethel Elementary School and graduated from Randolph High School.

He served as an AE chief completing four tours in the Navy Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He married Kathleen Ann Monahan on Aug. 27, 1988. He was a pilot, avionics instructor, electrician, mechanic, carpenter and industrial water engineer. He lived in Japan; Bermuda; San Jose, Calif.; West Point, Calif. and Idaho Falls, Idaho. After 24 years of service, he retired with a Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars.

Mr. Shanks was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Eagles. He loved his 1965 Ford Galaxy, working on cars, and his pets.

He is survived by wife Kathy Shanks; sons Carl Shanks of Garden Grove, Calif., Robert F. Shanks of Milpitas and Tim Shanks of Medill, Okla.; daughters Deborah Shanks of Forest Lake, Fla. and Donna Jacks of Georgia; stepdaughter Laurie Ann Breton of San Jose; stepson Rob Clarque of San Jose; sisters Elaine Hudson and Barbara Smith; brother Wendall Shanks; and grandchildren Casey Shanks, Ryan Shanks, Summer Shanks, Michael Clarque, Dylan Clarque, Riley Breton and Jeremy Breton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Shanks will be cremated and interment will be in West Point Cemetery, West Point, Calif. at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 8. Veterans rites will be performed by the local VFW. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, Mo., 64111, or online at Condolences may be sent to the family at