Pat Lane, the face of downtown Pleasanton for years, died May 11, 2022, of congestive heart failure. She was 90 and had lived in Pleasanton for 70 years.
Pat was the first executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association and pioneered programs that continue to this day, such as the Saturday Farmers Market and Friday Concerts in the Park. She served as president of the California Downtown Association. After retiring from the association, you could find Pat staffing the community information table every Saturday she was in town. She was known as much for her volunteer activities as for her professional ones. She worked as a reporter for the Livermore Independent, Tri-Valley Herald and the Pleasanton Times. While her two boys were growing up, she supported them on band trips and in their other activities, such as Cub Scouts. She was named a life member of the Congress of Parents and Teachers. Her volunteer and professional work was recognized with the Ed Kinney Community Patriot Award, a Community Development Award from the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Pleasanton Mayor’s Award as a Human Service Commissioner and member of the Assisted Living Subcommittee that led the effort to bringing Parkview Assisted Living to Pleasanton. That’s a rare tripleheader. She served for 33 years as a board member of the Museum on Main. Pat received recognition for her service from a wide variety of groups: Lions International, Pleasanton Elementary School Band, Cub Scouts of America, U.S. Air Force recruiting, Pleasanton Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4-H and the Alameda County Fair, California Council for Adult Education and the city of Pleasanton. She partnered with other local residents to collect donations for KQED’s auction. She was president of Beta Sigma Phi Pi Omega in 1955-56. She and her husband, Bob Lane, were long-time members of the Adult Education Advisory board for the Pleasanton Unified School District. They also co-authored two books: “The Amador-Livermore Valley, A Pictorial History” in 1988 and “Celebrating Family Fun and The County Fair” in 2002.