Obituary: Rudy W. Driscoll Jr., 47, Woodside

He was a community volunteer, philanthropist, businessman and former Menlo Park police officer

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.

— Barbara Wood

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Posted by dbphotos
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm

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RIP Rudy. I am praying for your family.

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Posted by Jwohler
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Jun 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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Rudy you were my best childhood friend and I will miss you very much. RIP and I will never forget you and the great times we had growing up with each other. You will always hold a special place in my heart. If it was not for you and our parents upbringing I would not be the person I am today. Thank you for a lifetime of memories and stories.

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Posted by Vraphael2000
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 22, 2015 at 5:42 am

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Kind, genuine and all around nice guy. I am honored to have known you, spent time with you and to have called you my friend.

RIP Rudy


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Posted by Weasel
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm

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Rudy was always a delight, and Carla and I looked forward to seeing him in our dental office (Dr. R. Lewis). I will miss his lively personality, jokes, and upbeat stories. Our condolences and sympathies go to his widow, his children, and to Margot.
Carol Tolen, RDH

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