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David Bordon

David passed away at his home in Belvedere, California, on November 22, 2015. David had been ill for a number of years. It was David's choice to keep his illness private.
David's favorite times involved his son, Bryan Bordon, and Bryan's wife Susan and their two sons, Jonah and Talyn, who live in Venice, California. David always looked forward to long telephone conversations with Bryan, covering many topics, including the daily activities of Jonah and Talyn, vacation planning, and Bryan and Susan's careers. David and his wife Jean made many trips on I-5 to visit their family. David's greatest joy was seeing his grandsons and being greeted with a resounding "Grandpa!" David loved planning family vacations. The most recent was in December 2014, on a beautiful beach in Punta Mita, Mexico.
David and his wife Jean continued vacation travel during David's illness. Their most recent trip was in April and May of 2015. They traveled through Sicily with friends, visiting ancient ruins, and then went on a hiking trip in Croatia.
Throughout his illness, David continued to work with clients. David also served as president of a homeowners' board in Tahoe, and also served on other boards.
David was born in Los Angeles on December 29, 1943. David graduated from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles in 1961, where he had served as president of the student government organization. David remained an active alumnus, contributing to the school and attending reunions.
David received his B.A. in political science from U.C., Berkeley in 1965, and his law degree from Boalt Hall at U.C. Berkeley in 1968. Along with his cousin, Bob Bordon, they established the Bordon Family Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships. David's father, two of David's uncles, Bob Bordon, and David's wife Jean had obtained their law degrees at Boalt Hall.
After working for a few other offices, David joined the Sedgwick law firm in San Francisco. When David joined, Sedgwick had only one office and 28 attorneys. David served as Managing Partner and Chairman from 1990 -2001. David was instrumental in expanding the firm, and opening other offices in the United States and in London. After David stepped down, he remained Of Counsel, and continued to represent some of his favorite clients.
David and Jean met when David was in his first year of law school and Jean was in her senior year at U.C. Berkeley. They were married on July 16, 1966. This summer would have been their 50th anniversary.
David and Jean moved to Belvedere in 1969. Some of their new friends suggested that David should run for the Belvedere City Counsel. David's campaign manager was Roger Felton. Roger created a single page handout with a photo of David on the rip rap along San Rafael Avenue, and this was the extent of the campaign expenses. Many friends hosted events at their homes. David was elected, and he served as Mayor in 1974-1976. One morning David sat down and unfolded the Chronicle and there on page one was a photo of an armored personnel carrier and several men in camouflage gear and the caption "Belvedere Swat Team." David soon learned that there was also a proposal for a boat to patrol the shores of Belvedere. Within a relatively short time, David saw to it that there was a new City Manager and a new Police Chief. David used to say that his high school had more people than Belvedere.
David always had an interest in art. When David was mayor, Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude were planning the Running Fence. This was to run from Sonoma through west Marin to Bodega Bay. It required approvals from numerous public agencies and land owners. David and Jean hosted a gathering of friends and elected officials so that Christo and Jeanne Claude could make a presentation of the project. As long-time residents know, the project was completed and appeared suddenly one morning, stretching across the farmlands to the ocean.
A private service has been held. Contributions in David's memory may be made to the organization of your choice or to the following: (1) The Bordon Family Memorial Fund, checks should be made payable to "UC Regents: Bordon Family Memorial Fund" and be mailed to Boalt Hall Alumni Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2850 Telegraph Ave., Suite 500, Berkeley, CA 94705-7220. (2) St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County, P.O. Box 150527, San Raphael, CA 94915.

(Published December 23, 2015)

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