We bid farewell at today's Board of Supervisors meeting and paid tribute to the late Dave Kreitzer. A man of exceptional character, Dave's impact on our community and environment was unparalleled.
As we reflect on his remarkable life, we remember a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who left an indelible mark on the hearts of those he touched.
Dave Kreitzer's journey began on October 18, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio. His early interest in forestry led him to the University of Montana in Missoula, where he pursued academic excellence and committed four years to the University's ROTC program. Upon graduation, this dedication resulted in a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1953, Dave's life took a turn that would shape his destiny. He received orders to join the U.S. Air Force in Europe and was assigned to the 48th Fighter-Bomber Wing stationed in Chaumont, France. Here, he met Georgette, the love of his life, and the two were married the following year.
After a successful 33-year career in sales and manuscript procurement, Dave's commitment to service extended beyond his professional life. Upon retirement, he actively engaged in environmental and civic organizations, including the Rancho Bernardo Homeowners Corporation.
Dave's dedication to community service continued as a member of the Rancho Bernardo Town Council and chairperson of the Rancho Bernardo Planning Board from 1979 to 1980. In March 1988, Supervisor Susan Golding appointed him to the San Diego County Planning Commission, where he served for an impressive 20 years, making him the longest-serving commissioner in history.
Dave's passion for environmental causes was evident in his instrumental role in forming the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. The Coast to Crest Trail, a park and trail system stretching from Del Mar to Vulcan Mountain in Julian, is a testament to his vision. The David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, the world's longest stress ribbon bridge, acknowledges his invaluable contribution to the River Park.
A devoted member of San Rafael Parish, Dave served as an usher for over 20 years, embodying his commitment to faith and community. His love for travel took him to national parks, creating cherished memories with his wife and children. Dave's appreciation for good friends and family extended to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, bringing joy and warmth to his life.
As we bid farewell to Dave Kreitzer, we celebrate a life well-lived, marked by dedication, leadership, and a profound love for community and the environment. Our deepest condolences go out to his entire family and friends. May he rest in peace, leaving a legacy that will continue to inspire and resonate within our hearts.