Martin-Fontana Parks Association supporter & friend, Chuck Haywood passes away

Chuck passed away Wednesday July 24th, 2019 after a five year battle with dementia and a recent broken hip. He touched many lives with his zest for living and positive outlook.

Chuck & Gail Haywood, and their dog Oliver

Chuck was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Kenneth and Elizabeth Haywood, and moved to Palo Alto in 1948. He graduated from Palo Alto High School where he participated in water polo, swimming, and diving. He was the Swimmer of the Year in 1950 and the Northern Conference Diving Champion.

After attending the University of California for two years, Chuck enlisted and served in the Marine Corps for 8 years, 3 on active duty and 5 in the reserves. After his honorable discharge he attended San Jose State University, earning a degree in business. While attending he was president of his Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter.

His career included 19 years in the GE Nuclear Division as a manager in procurement. He later worked at Advanced Micro Services as a director of materials. He retired in 1987.

Chuck was married to Donna Arnold from 1958 until her death in 1972.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 25 years Gail; her children Elizabeth (Ken), Greg (Heather), Tracy (Frank); and their grandchildren Hayley, Ariel, Jessica, Loren, Bryce, Marco, and Bryan.

He is also survived by his stepdaughters Heidi (Peter) and Holly, as well as his brother Bob and his nieces Stacey and Lisa. He also leaves behind his beloved dog Oliver and cat Tucker.

He will be remembered for his kindness, caring heart, infectious smile, and wild sense of humor.

At Chuck’s request, there will not be a service. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Chuck’s honor to the Humane Society Silicon Valley or Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Lockwood, CA.


Note:  Back in 2017, Chuck and Gail made a generous contribution to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association with the intent that a special fund be established to restore a section of the grass area in Jeffrey Fontana Park making it usable by all park goers.  New water piping, removal of gophers, and new grass seeding would all be part of a long-range plan.

The Haywoods stated in their letter that they remembered a time when kids played on the grass, dogs romped, and couples would sit under the trees or families would picnic.  Our parks can be all this again if we share that dream of how it once was and work to make it a reality.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jean LaMarca on July 29, 2019 at 8:50 am

    My granddaughter, Abby, and I have many wonderful memories of Chuck and Oliver in the park. They were always short visits with Chuck but he always acknowledged us–especially Abby. She loved Oliver and Chuck always smiled to see them interact. Chuck will surely be missed. He was a wonderful man. Gail always kept me updated about Chuck after his illnesses. She always was a very loving wife and always gave Chuck quality of life. God Bless them both!

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    The LaMarca



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