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September 17, 2010 > Obituary: Memorial Services for Felix Elizalde, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee

Obituary: Memorial Services for Felix Elizalde, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee

Submitted By Claudia Medina

Photo courtesy of ACOE

Memorial Services for Felix Elizalde, educator, journalist, and community activist, are planned for Saturday September 18, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), 313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward. The public is invited to attend.

Elizalde, 79, passed away at home on September 4, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family, friends and Hospice. Felix was a long-time resident of Castro Valley, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He served as Alameda County Board of Education Trustee for Area 4, which includes San Leandro and the western unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Fairview.

"I and many others at ACOE loved and respected Felix, and we share in the family's grief. Felix left an indelible mark. He served his community relentlessly and well," said, Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools. "The educational community has lost a mentor and leader. We are all saddened by his passing."

Felix Elizalde was born to Florentino and Maria Elizalde on May 30, 1931, in Stockton, California. Felix had many years of experience in educational policy setting and administration. He was a veteran educator with more than 25 years of service as a teacher at the high school, community college, and state university levels. He served on the Alameda County Board of Education for over twenty years, and was re-elected to his fifth term on the board of education last fall. Mr. Elizalde was very outgoing and cared about inclusion for all.

In 2006, Felix established The Felix Elizalde La Raza Education Fund -- a donor-advised fund of the San Francisco Foundation that evolved from the Shamrock La Raza Scholarship Committee he founded in 1975. The fund was established to award scholarships and internships to students preparing for careers in the traditional media, new media, and to increase Chicano/Latino community access to the media.

Felix spent his youth in Stockton, working in the agricultural fields. He was a high school dropout and U.S. Navy veteran who turned his life around because of public education. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Jose State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. He holds a life standard secondary teaching credential, a life community college instructor credential and a life community college supervisor credential. Mr. Elizalde is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret Elizalde; one daughter Lynn and son Michael Elizalde; son-in-law Scott Leahy; and four grandchildren, Melissa, Daniel, Alex and Catie.

The public is welcome to share their condolences online at

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that contributions are made to The Felix Elizalde La Raza Education Fund of the San Francisco Foundation, c/o The San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA, 94104.

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