Bud Eisberg recognized by town for decades of volunteer service


Longtime Portola Valley resident Bud Eisberg was posthumously honored on March 16 with the town's Volunteer of the Year Award, given for his many years of civic service.

The award was presented to Eisberg's widow, Lynn, by the town's director of public works, Howard Young, at Eisberg's memorial service at the Town Center.

Eisberg, who served many roles through the years on the town's volunteer force, died on Dec. 27 at age 74 after an illness.

Over the years, Eisberg served the town through countless hours of volunteer efforts. He served on the Architectural and Site Control Commission from 1991 to 1998, and again from 2002 to 2004; the Ad-Hoc Sausal Creek Advisory Committee in 2006; The Ad-Hoc Affordable Housing Committee in 2013; and the Public Works Committee from 1991 to 2017, according to Young.

"Working with Bud on public works items was great, because he was dependable when called and dedicated to the town," Young said.

Lynn Eisberg told The Almanac after her husband's death that his commitment to public service was influenced by his father, who served on a borough council in New Jersey.

Eisberg, who was a commercial airline pilot, was also a pilot for the U.S. Navy, and flew surveillance aircraft during the Vietnam War.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is typically given in December at the annual town volunteer appreciation and holiday party, Young said, but Eisberg couldn't attend the event last December.

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