September 9, 2004
HON. BARBARA LEEOF CALIFORNIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2004
- Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and
achievements of an extraordinary man, David Creque of Oakland,
California. David was an instrumental figure in East Bay politics and
government for over three decades, and will be missed greatly by those
who knew him, as well as by those whose lives have been touched by his
work. David passed away on July 15, 2004, and is survived by his wife
Sandy and their two children, as well as six grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews.
- David was born in Hayward, California on September 20, 1932.
After growing up and attending school in Oakland, he went on to serve
in the Korean War and obtain his Masters Degree from the University of
Oregon. Upon the completion of his education, David returned to Oakland
and began teaching high school biology. Active in local government
affairs, David would not only become the longest serving member of the
Alameda Civil Service Commission, serving from 1977 until 2003, but
would also serve extensively as foreman of the Alameda County Grand
Jury during the late 1970s, and on the Oakland Port Commission from
1979 until 1983.
- In addition, David was an active and dedicated member of the
local labor movement for several decades. As a teacher, he was a member
of his local union, and was later elected president of AFT Local 771.
He would go on to become a member of the Executive Committee of the
Central Labor Council of Alameda County, where he served with
dedication until 1999, after which he remained a Council Delegate.
- On September 11, 2004, David's friends and family will gather
to honor his extraordinary life, and the impact that his tireless
efforts to better the Oakland and East Bay communities had on the lives
of those around him. David was a unique and distinguished individual
not only because of his outstanding accomplishments, but also because
of his generous spirit and commitment to helping others. He will be
greatly missed by his family, his friends, and the people of the 9th