Rudy W. Driscoll Jr., 47, a Woodside resident who served until last week on the local school board, died on June 16. He was a former Menlo Park police officer, a businessman and a philanthropist.
Mr. Driscoll's family said he was "a dedicated husband, father, and friend kind-hearted and genuine in nature."
Mr. Driscoll had recently resigned from the board of the Woodside Elementary School District, effective June 13. He served as CEO of the Driscoll Office Group, Menu Max, and Driscoll Ranches, and was on the board of the Rock Island Company.
Woodside district Superintendent Beth Polito said Mr. Driscoll "was an incredibly wonderful community member who was deeply engaged at WES." He "was a delight to work with in every way" and served as the district's "go-to guy for all things facilities and safety," she said.
The loss of Mr. Driscoll, who had three children at the school and another in college, "is immense and will be felt by the entire WES community," Ms. Polito said.
Mr. Driscoll's family said Rudy was proud that he had pioneered the acceptance of cattle as a land management tool to restore native California grasslands at Driscoll Ranches. Located in La Honda among the rolling hills, with a backdrop of redwoods and the San Gregorio Creek, Driscoll Ranches served as a training facility for those ranging from novice ropers to law enforcement professionals who wanted to enhance their horse-riding skills. In 2002, most of the ranch, 3,681-acres, was sold to the Peninsula Open Space Trust.
For 10 years, Mr. Driscoll hosted an annual rodeo at the ranch, attracting more than a thousand visitors annually with bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and mutton busting.
In addition to serving three-and-a-half years on the Woodside school board, Mr. Driscoll served on the Woodside Fire Foundation Board. Through the Driscoll Foundation, he donated to his community with an emphasis on education, including Woodside School. He also coached his sons' soccer teams.
Mr. Driscoll attended Tabor Academy high school and studied biology at Menlo College, graduating in 1990.
He is preceded in death by his father, Rudy Driscoll Sr. He is survived by his wife Courtney, son Wyatt, son Cooper, daughter Montana, son Channing, mother Margot H. Driscoll, and mother-in-law Gretchen De Ford.
A celebration of his life will be held in the fall of 2015. In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations be made to the endowment for the Wyatt D.D.W. Driscoll Fund.