Steven Whitehill Obituary – Mountain View, CA (1958-2015)


Steven Roland Whitehill Resident of Cupertino Surrounded by his loving family, Steven Roland Whitehill, 57, passed away on May 18, 2015 in Mountain View, California after an 11 year battle with brain cancer. He was born on January 12, 1958 in Palo Alto, California to Kenneth and Elizabeth Whitehill.

Steve grew up in Palo Alto, California and graduated from Cubberly High School in 1976. After high school, he received his AS degree in Environmental Horticulture and Design from Foothill College then attended California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo where he received a BS in Ornamental Horticulture. He and his wife Valerie owned Whitehill Landscape Inc. for 27 years and its subsidiary, Water Management Resource.

Steve and Valerie married in 1985 in Palo Alto, California and spent 30 happy years together raising a family and growing their business. Steve was an involved and loving father to their three children, Victoria, Christine and Matthew; and was very active in the community. In 1992, Steve became president of the California Landscape Contractors Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CLCA) and was named the CLCA Member of the Year. He was very committed to water management and was a member of the Green Industry Council, Association of Irrigation Consultants and Santa Clara Valley Water District Landscape Advisory Board. In 1996, he received the Landscape Sweepstakes award from CLCA. Steve was very committed to volunteering in his community. He coached many sports teams for his children and installed a reading garden for Lincoln Elementary School in Cupertino and a community garden at McClellan Ranch Park. He also enjoyed jogging, vegetable gardening, hiking, camping, cooking, and bike riding with his family.

Steve is survived by his spouse Valerie of Cupertino, California; his children Victoria of San Francisco, California, Christine of Menlo Park, California and Matthew of Chicago, Illinois; Mother, Elizabeth Whitehill of Palo Alto, California; and brother, David Whitehill of Franklin, Tennessee.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Whitehill and brother, Peter Whitehill.

We will gather to remember and celebrate Steve’s life on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm at Blackberry Farm, 21797 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014. To honor Steve, flowers may be sent to the Whitehill family residence or donations made to the Steve Whitehill Memorial Fund that has been established in the CLCA Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation. Please send donations to CLCA Headquarters at 1491 River Park Drive, #100, Sacramento, CA 95815.



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