Dec. 29, 1941-Oct. 18, 2023
Palo Alto, CA
Peter Richard Bohley died on Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 81 years old at his ranch house in Mount Hamilton, CA.
He was born December 29, 1941 in Honolulu, HI to Martin and Frances Bohley. He spent most of his life as a Palo Alto resident, attending Bellarmine College Preparatory, graduating from Palo Alto High School, and earning his degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University. He joined the Peace Corps while still in its infancy and lived in Sheikhupura, Pakistan from 1964-1966. Upon returning to the states, he worked as an engineer for the county of San Mateo for over a decade before moving to the private sector. After making partner at BKF Engineers, Pete decided to take a risk in his career and started his own civil engineering company in 1991, Bohley-Maley Associates, which was later converted to Bohley Consulting. Pete drove Bohley Consulting to be a front runner of expertise for bay mud in the Bay Area. He worked as president of the company until 2016 when he sold it to long-time employee-turned-partner Craig Overbo. Amid his occupational and familial obligations, he found time to serve as council member for the town of Woodside 1995 to 1997, and as mayor from 1997 to 1998.
Pete had a rich family life, sharing two children with Mary Anne Malberg (m. 1967-1975) and another two children with Nancy Rutherford (m. 1982-1998).
Pete enjoyed backpacking the Sierra Nevada in his youth, and his appreciation for the outdoors never ceased. He was also very interested in genealogy, history, collecting antique maps and, most prominently, designing and constructing his dream home on an 80 acre ranch in Mount Hamilton. His vision was for the ranch to be a refuge of untouched nature and pause in an ever-busier and urban world, to be passed down for generations.
He is survived by his children Karen Garcia, Janet Lierman, Michael Bohley and Elizabeth Bohley; seven grandchildren; brother Carl Bohley; and companion Lynn Turner-Bugeda.
Pete’s family thanks the dedicated nurses at Stanford ITA for their care over the years.