VOLUNTEER PROGRAM  ★  2OTH ANNIVERSARY

20/20 SPOTLIGHT MEMORIAL WALL

The City of San Rafael is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its Volunteer Program. Many volunteers have contributed their time and expertise to San Rafael over the years, and this page serves as a way to honor those who have passed away. This Memorial Wall is meant to be community-driven. So if you know of someone who directly volunteered for the City* please feel free to submit your nomination here for them to be honored on the Wall as well.

In Memoriam

Jason Nachbar

Jason Nachbar

Jason began volunteering with the Police Department in 2012 and during that time worked more than 1,300 hours in a variety of capacities. Jason could light up a room with his smile and good humor. He had a fondness for cats and owned three of them. Jason’s sister said that he would call her at the end of every shift he worked, to tell her what he had done for the police. He loved wearing the police volunteer uniform and driving the department vehicles. He was a great help to the staff and fellow volunteers in the San Rafael Police Department.

Bill Kay

Bill Kay

As a longtime volunteer at the San Rafael Police Department, Bill Kay lent a hand in the investigations unit nearly every Tuesday for 28 years. Bill’s family fled Poland and then the Soviet Union ahead of Nazi invasions in World War II, and he lived various places before arriving in San Rafael in 1963. As an aide in the investigations unit, he started with tasks such as reviewing pawn shop records and following up on bad checks. Eventually he came to specialize in maintaining records on sex offenders and chasing leads on missing person’s cases. Lt. Ralph Pata described Kay’s contribution as “huge,” saying he spared investigators hundreds of hours of labor. Lt. Pata said Kay was also the steady voice people would hear on the phone when they were reporting their missing loved ones, some of whom were suicidal, were seniors, or were mentally ill residents who had wandered away from home. Bill was a tremendous asset to the City and Police Department.

Jean Starkweather

Jean Starkweather

Jean gave so much to all of us in Marin, and to the planet at large. Jean shared her passion for birds, wetlands and open space, and contributed countless hours teaching people about the natural world around us. For more than 20 years she completed a monthly bird census and water salinity tests for, and organized volunteer work parties to remove invasive plants such as French broom. Jean’s efforts to preserve and protect the natural heritage of Marin began as chair of the Terra Linda Springs homeowners group, successfully working to save the hillside on the north side of Terra Linda from development in the early 1970’s. At that time she became a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the San Rafael General Plan, resulting in the acquisition of much of the open space that surrounds the city. Her legacy is honored and enjoyed daily by thousands who walk the John and Jean Starkweather Path along San Rafael’s shoreline.

Mary Mick

Mary Mick

Mary worked for the San Rafael Police Department and Public Works Department for many years. Once she retired she decided to contribute her time on a volunteer basis at the Concierge Desk at City Hall. She touched many people while with the City, and all remember her fondly. She had a graciousness about her and a way of making everyone feel important. She helped in a variety of clerical and organizational tasks, and was the first person people met when they came to City Hall. Her great people skills made all visitors feel welcome, and she helped many figure out where to go for help when they needed it.

Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

Mike was a long-time resident in Terra Linda and active member of the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association (SMNA) for 25 years. He served as president of both the Terra Linda Orcas Swim Team and the Marin Swim League. He was also a founding member of the City’s Volunteer Program Advisory Committee. He worked with SMNA on the Del Ganado Creek restoration and helped spearhead annual clean-up days. Mike was always ready and willing to be involved, and was the City’s go-to guy when it came to neighborhood beautification. His passions were the environment, community, and kids, and his guiding principle was to leave this world a better place than he found it. Mike certainly lived up to his credo, and future generations will be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the Santa Margarita Neighborhood.

*To be eligible, nominees must have volunteered directly for the City of San Rafael. That may have entailed volunteering in a City department or for City sponsored community beautification days, or as a neighborhood rep that worked with the City on community projects, etc. This is not for volunteers of the County of Marin or nonprofit agencies. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email.