Michael Allan Bedwell, Menlo Park city manager from 1964 to 1991, died March 9 after a fight with heart and lung problems, the city announced March 13.
Mr. Bedwell was 77, and died in Escondido, where he lived.
He served as assistant city manager in 1959 before being named to the city's top post in 1964.
Under Mr. Bedwell's watch, the Menlo Park Redevelopment Agency was formed, and the Marsh Road garbage dump was capped and converted into Bayfront Park.
"[Mr. Bedwell was known for his approachability, good humor and compassion," said Personnel Director Glen Kramer in an e-mail to all city employees.
Mr. Bedwell retired in 1991, but served as acting city manager of East Palo Alto in 1993.
He was born in Lone Pine, California, and grew up in Escondido before serving in the U.S. Navy, where he was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1954, according an obituary sent to the city by his wife Carleen.
After his stint in the Navy, he served a public service fellowship with the CORO Foundation in San Francisco before moving to Menlo Park and working for the city, the obituary says.
Following his retirement, he moved back to Escondido and spent time traveling with his wife, and co-authored a book about his mother's side of the family.
Mr. Bedwell is survived by his wife, Carleen; his sons, Allan and Patrick; and two grandchildren.
Plans for a gathering to honor Mr. Bedwell are pending, and the family has asked that donations in his memory be sent to the Friends of Bodie Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Bridgepoint, CA 93517; or the Scripps Health Foundation, P.O. Box 85414, San Diego, CA 92186.