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Christopher B. (Chris) Borton, a five year resident of Mountain View, died at Stanford hospital on the evening of June 14, 1996 after a brief but valiant battle against cancer. Born in New York City on February 12,1965, he was 31.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Burg, also of Mountain View, his parents Ray and Verena Borton of Davis, his sister, Stephanie, of Davis, his brother, Benjamin, of San Francisco, and many good friends throughout the world.

During his childhood he lived in New York, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Las Baños, the Philippines and Menlo Park, California and traveled on five continents.

As a member of the Davis High School graduating class of 1983, he enjoyed languages, water polo, and played viola in the orchestra that performed in the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. In 1988 he received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego with a double major in Computer Science and German Literature after spending a year at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He pursued graduate work at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of California at Berkeley.

With two Dutch friends he co-founded the Mountain View based software company Storm Technology in 1990. He worked as a software engineer and gave himself the title “Codesmith” while helping to design Storm’s successful software products EasyPhoto and PicturePress.

Chris was an avid folk dancer and musician who brought joy and enthusiasm to groups in Amsterdam and the Bay Area — groups that will greatly miss his spontaneity, his laughter and his love of life.

At Chris’ request, his ashes were scattered at The Sea Ranch, his favorite second home since 1969. Also at Chris’ request, no services were held. A dance celebration of his life was held on June 23, 1996.

Friends may make a donation to their favorite charity in Chris’ name and/or contribute to the Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship Fund.