Charles Mitchell

April 4, 1940 - October 4, 2010

In Memory


Charles Sidney Mitchell, 70, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died Oct. 4.

His grandfather was John Pearce Mitchell, for whom Mitchell Park is named.

A fifth-generation native Palo Altan, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from StanfordUniversity in 1962. He married Elizabeth Robinson Mitchell in 2001 and together they had three children Charles Sidney Mitchell II (6), Katherine Digges Mitchell (5) and William Christopher Mitchell (3).

He was a serious-minded engineer with a gentle, wry humor and insatiable curiosity, loved ones said.

He is also survived by two siblings, James E. Mitchell and Susan Miles.

A memorial service will be held at Stanford Memorial Church, with reception to follow at the Mitchell residence in Portola Valley, on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Jean B. Mitchell Grandchildren’s Trust, an educational fund to benefit the Mitchell children, in care of Atherton Lane Advisors.

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