In Recognition of Don Eatonby Representative Jackie Speier
Posted on 2013-02-26
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor former San Carlos Mayor Don
Eaton who has been named 2012 San Carlos Citizen of the Year. It is
only fitting that Don is recognized for his public service over 36
His dedication to our community is described perfectly in his own words: ``I believe that it is our duty to leave this community better than we found it.'' Don served on the city council for 15 years and has undoubtedly left San Carlos better than he found it. Just to begin the list of his contributions to San Carlos, residents can thank him for a traveling Vietnam Wall, the ``Week of the Family,'' and the successful library bond measure.
Don was instrumental in the Holly Street grade separation project which was completed through the passage of Measure D. He also was a co- negotiator and chief spokesperson for the city in the Harbor Industrial Area annexation and he served as a representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments for San Mateo County cities.
Prior to joining the city council, Don was the chair of the San Carlos Planning Commission. During his council service, he did three additional jobs by also serving on the South County Fire District Commission, the South Bayside Systems Authority and the San Carlos Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board. Of course, he also ran his own business as a banker and thus proved to be one of the most indefatigable persons in San Carlos during that era.
After leaving the council, Don retrieved part of his life for himself and his family, but, never one to avoid an opportunity to serve San Carlos or the region, he is currently on the board of directors of the Hiller Aviation Museum and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. He also sits on my Financial Services Advisory Committee offering me, along with other distinguished members, his perspective on current economic trends in our region.
Don is a native Californian and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He is a Vietnam veteran.
Don and his wife Glenna live in San Carlos where they raised four children.
Mr. Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to rise with me to honor Don Eaton upon recognition of the obvious: Don Eaton should be San Carlos Citizen of the Year and perhaps, should they ever create such a title, citizen of the past four decades. I am absolutely certain that Don Eaton will live up to his new title and continue contributing to his beloved community of San Carlos for many years to come.