Former Oakland Raider Ben Davidson arrives at the 2011 Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills. (John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Raider Great Davidson Dies After Prostate Cancer Battle

Ben Davidson, the hulking defensive end who starred for the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s before becoming a famous television pitch man, has died at 72.


R.C. Owens of 49ers looks on during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 18, 1987 in San Francisco. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Former 49ers Receiver, Executive R.C. Owens Dead At 77

R.C. Owens, a longtime 49ers front office man and eight-year NFL wide receiver whose impressive leaping ability earned him the nickname “Alley Oop” and helped popularize the basketball phrase, died Sunday at age 77.


Notable Passings 2012

Artist Thomas Kinkade Dies In Los Gatos Home

Artist Thomas Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday.


Warren Hellman

Philanthropist Hellman Mourned At San Francisco Memorial Service

A memorial service is being held Wednesday for San Francisco financier and philanthropist Warren Hellman, who died Sunday at the age of 77.


Warren Hellman

San Francisco Financier, Philanthropist Warren Hellman Dies

San Francisco financier and philanthropist Warren Hellman died Sunday at the age of 77, according to news reports.


Defensive tackle Chester McGlockton #91 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game at the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum on October 22, 1995 in Oakland. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Stanford Assistant, Former Raider Chester McGlockton Dies

Chester McGlockton, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman who emerged as a talented assistant coach and mentor at Stanford, died Wednesday. He was 42.


Lafayette Crosses (photo courtesy SFGate)

Owner Of Lafayette War Memorial Site Dies

Longtime peace activist Louise Clark, who owned the property on which the “Crosses of Lafayette” war memorial was built, passed away Sunday at age 86.

CBS San Francisco–08/22/2011

Santa John Toomey seen a decade ago as Macy's Santa (CBS)

‘Santa John’ Remembered At San Francisco Memorial

A bar in San Francisco celebrated Christmas in August on Friday night to remember the life of “Santa” John, who passed away last week.

CBS San Francisco–08/05/2011

Santa John Toomey seen a decade ago as Macy's Santa (CBS)

Memorial Set For San Francisco’s ‘Santa John’

A longtime San Francisco Santa Claus will receive a final sendoff this week as friends and fans come together to celebrate his life.

CBS San Francisco–08/02/2011

Santa John Toomey seen a decade ago as Macy's Santa (CBS)

Famously Fired Santa Found Dead In San Francisco Hotel

A man who gained fame when he was fired from his job as Santa Claus at Macy’s Union Square last year for telling off-color jokes and then rehired to preside over a local toy drive has reportedly died.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/29/2011