Harold Baxter Mead

September 12, 1915 - March 7, 2015
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Harold Baxter Mead III passed away at the age of 99 and ½. He is preceded in death by his former wife Betty (Henri) Mead. He is survived by his daughter Kathleen Mead (Christopher Jensen), grandson Erik Mead Jensen and good friend Tricia Grose. Hal’s true passions were music and flying. He started playing timpani in high school and continued on as an arranger and to play Jazz drums for many of the big Swing bands in San Francisco during the 30’s and 40’s including the Jack Ross Combo, the Art Rowley Band and his own, Hal Mead Orchestra. He was an accomplished pilot with both instructor and commercial ratings. He was a member of the Army Air Corp during WWII and flew airplanes from age 16 to 90. He was never happier than when he was flying.

Hal grew up in Berkeley, lived in Orinda, Lake Tahoe, Sonoma and Napa. He was a residential and commercial real estate broker for California and Nevada and served as president of the American Mortgage Exchange in 1966. He was a proud member of the Bohemian Club since 1967 and the San Francisco Yacht Club since 1984.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11AM at Sunset View Mortuary, junction of Fairmount and Colusa Ave.’s in El Cerrito. Please bring your favorite story or picture.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to your local youth music program or youth pilot program.

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

Memorial Information

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015

Time: 11:00 am

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Born: September 12, 1915
Died: March 7, 2015

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Claudia Wright posted on 3/18/15

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Betty Henri-Ellsworth posted on 3/24/15

As a child, visiting my Aunt, Uncle & Cousin during the Summer; my memories of Uncle Hal were that of a good looking, well dressed businessman who was the tall, silent type. He kept track of what was going on around him with nods and comments over a newspaper, and then "poof" he was off and running. From time to time I would hear him playing his drums downstairs in his lovely home in Orinda, and loved to peek at him enjoying himself...such a different type of man than I was used to interacting with in the country. (Pretty darn interesting for a young girl from the mountains!) I will never forget his kindness when I was visiting one Summer and he took me for a ride in his airplane to see where my family lived in the Santa Cruz. We circled the farm I lived on and it was truly an experience of a lifetime for me. Thank you Uncle Hal; you are remembered as part of our big, extended family. Be at peace. Betty Henri - Ellsworth


Terry Vance Sheldon posted on 3/17/15

Kathy, being probably my dad's best friend, I have memories of Hal starting when I was a little girl in the '50s. Both of your parents will be in my heart always, but flashes of Hal are especially strong, and I am so happy I got to see him several times in the final years of his life. He ALMOST made it to 100!