Silicon Valley has been home to some of the most well-known and impressive figures in the country and the world. So, its no wonder its local graveyards are also home to famous, influential or in some cases, just quirky Californians who made their mark in some way.

Just in time for Halloween, or Dia de los Muertos—which ever one celebrates—the staff at has compiled the ultimate guide of the famous graves in Santa Clara Valley.

Los Gatos Memorial Park

2255 Los Gatos Almaden Rd, San Jose

Bill Hewlett (1913-2001)

William Hewlett, one-half of the duo behind Hewlett-Packard Co. was born in the Midwest, but met his future business partner at Stanford University and died in Palo Alto.

Fremont Older (1856-1935)

The storied newspaperman and editor, prodding at the biggest controversies and names in San Francisco, a habit that led to his kidnapping in 1907.

Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery

22555 Cristo Rey Dr, Los Altos

Iris Chang (1968-2004)

Iris Chang’s best-selling 1997 book about the Nanking Massacre called The Rape of Nanking was the first time many had heard of the violent massacre, and it made a mark on history.

Oak Hill Memorial Park

300 Curtner Ave, San Jose

“Hal” Chase (1883-1947)

Harold Homer Chase, a Los Gatos native became one of the most notorious baseball players, logging time with the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. But his alleged betting—on his own games—ultimately pushed him out of the sport.

Brooke Hart (1911-1933)

Hart was the heir to the L. Hart & Sons department store, among the best-known businesses in San Jose, but shortly after graduating from Santa Clara University was kidnapped and murdered. His killers were pulled out of jail and lynched at Saint James Park, one of the last lynchings in the state.

Paul Masson (1859-1940)

Paul Masson was born in France, but made his legacy in the Santa Clara Valley, where he founded what is now known as The Mountain Winery in Saratoga and earned the nickname “Champagne King of California.

Charlie McKiernan (1825-1892)

Mountain Charlie, one of the early settlers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was known for his silver-plated skull and scars from a bear attack. He was “the idol of every small boy in the mountains,” according to his biography.

Madronia Cemetery

14766 Oak St, Saratoga

Frank Dorsa (1907-1996)

The father of the frozen Eggo waffle started with mayonnaise, then waffle mixes, and a long list of foods with his siblings. The family sold off the snack empire in 1996 to a company later bought by Kellogg.

Mark Bingham (1970-2001)

The Los Gatos native was a budding business owner when he and other passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 stormed the cockpit on Sept. 11, after the plane was hijacked by terrorists. The plane crashed short of its suspected target in Washington D.C.

Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012)

The “Painter of Light,” (a name Kinkade trademarked) made his name making dreamy paintings of landscapes, many of his paintings are set in his hometown of Placerville.

Alta Mesa Memorial Park

695 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto

Ernie Ford (1919-1991)

“Tennessee Ernie” is most known for his country music, including hit song “16 Tons,” but he was an entertainer overall. Those who knew him say he sing country, gospel and opera music in a blink. Ford was also a successful radio announcer.

Frank Bacon (1864-1922)

Frank Bacon spent time as a farm hand, photographer and newspaperman, but rose to fame as an actor and playwright who traveled with his family around California to perform.

David Packard (1912-1996)

David Packard, the second half of Hewlett-Packard Co., also served as Nixon’s U.S Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988. Packard and his wife started the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Fred Terman (1900-1982)

Fred Terman, often called the “Father of Silicon Valley”, along with Willaim Shockley. He designed a program focused on electronics research and taught some of the region’s earliest and most notable names at Stanford University, including Hewlett and Packard.

William Shockley (1910-1989)

Shockley often shares the title of the “Father of Silicon Valley” with Fred Terman for his contributions to electronics research in the region, but the Nobel Prize winner later became primarily famous for being a racist that promoted eugenics.

Ron McKernan (1945-1973)

McKernan, best known as “Pigpen,” was a founding member of the Grateful Dead, and its frontman until he left the group in 1972 due to liver failure.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

The Apple Inc. co-founder led the fledgling personal computer business to the prolific hardware company behind the sleek and pricey iPod and iPhone, propelling the company to one of the richest in the world.

Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

Shirly Temple wasn’t just a curly-haired child actress and icon, she went on to become the U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia as an adult and also served as the Chief of Protocol for the United States.

Santa Clara Mission Cemetery

490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara

Peter Burnett (1807-1895)

The first elected governor of California served from 1849 to 1851 during the Mexican-American War.

Tiburcio Vásquez (1835-1875)

A famed bandito, Vásquez formed his own gang and preferred California under Mexican rule. He was part of raids, but insisted he never killed anyone. That didn’t halt his murder conviction by a San Jose jury.

Gavilan Hills Memorial Park

1000 First St, Gilroy

Charles Gubser (1916-2011)

Charles Samuel Gubser represented California’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1952 to 1974. The Republican Gilroy native voted for civil rights, the 24th Amendment and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Pleasant Tully (1829-1897)

Pleasant Britton Tully, a California lawyer and U.S. Congressman was part of California’s Second Constitutional Convention, which amended the state’s constitution, nearly doubling its size.

Stanford Mausoleum

Stanford University

The Mausoleum, where Stanford University’s namesake, Leland Stanford Jr., and parents Leland and Jane Stanford, are entombed. The structure is opened to the public annually for the school’s Founders’ day celebration.