Tom Gonzales and his son, Thomas J. Gonzales II, made a fortune from their company, Silicon Valley online-commerce pioneer Commerce One, before young Thomas' death from cancer, at 35, back in 2001.
The family buried him as befits a dot.com pioneer -- in a $3.2 million (plot included) white stone family mausoleum at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, Calif.
After Commerce One's bankruptcy and sale in 2004, the father relaunched himself as a real estate developer, built a $50 million family compound in Lake Tahoe (400-space garage, RV elevator), and sued a Silicon Valley charitable foundation over control of Thomas' estate, valued at $91 million in a 2007 court case.
But Thomas's mortal remains haven't been allowed to rest in peace.
In January thieves cut, pried and smashed their way past the mausoleum's chained steel doors and glass interior and stole the gold-colored metal urn containing the dead man's ashes.