Mike Fulford, who served as a landscape architect for the city of Pleasanton for 30 years, died Sept. 22, two days after his 62nd birthday.
Born on Sept. 20, 1953, he graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto, attended Modesto Junior College and received his bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
He joined the Pleasanton city staff on Sept. 23, 1985 as a landscape designer/inspector and was promoted to Landscape Architect on October 3, 1988. He had retired in June 2012, but not satisfied with his already vast legacy of projects, he returned to the his job until earlier this year when an illness prevented him from continuing to work.
"We suffered a great loss when Mike passed," said Nelson Fialho, city manager. "They say dying comes to all but death to no one, and given Mike's enormous contributions to Pleasanton, visible in every park and on every street, he surely remains with us in all the beauty he created throughout the city."
In addition to the Firehouse Arts Center, Ken Mercer Sports Park, Alviso Adobe Community Park, Bernal Community Park and a significant portion of the city's 44 parks, Mr. Fulford also contributed to the design of downtown Pleasanton and the city's public arts program.
"The city was Mike's canvas and he painted on it beautifully, fostering a colorful and vivid landscape through his three decades of service," Fialho added.
The city has ordered its flag to fly at half-staff for one day in honor of Mr. Fulford. and in recognition
He is survived by his two daughters, Emily and Hannah.