John O. Lund, a Rohnert Park stockbroker who ran for Congress in the 1970s on a platform of creating commuter rail service on the North Coast, has died. He was 82.
Lund sought to replace Rep. Don Clausen in 1976. He lost the Democratic primary to Norma Bork, who was defeated in the general election.
Lund wanted to get cars off the freeway, said his wife of 48 years, Barbara Lund. He proposed investing in a passenger rail system as a way to do that, she said.
"I guess he was too far ahead of his time," his wife said.
Lund was born in Berkeley in 1930 and raised in Sonoma. He was a tennis and chess champion at Sonoma Valley High School as well as a member of the debate team.
After graduating in 1948, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, sailing to South America, before returning to get a degree at San Francisco State and joining the Marine Corps as an officer, his wife said.
He was married twice and had three children before meeting his third wife while going door-to-door as a Fuller brush salesman.
They had two more children. Lund helped raise her daughter from a previous marriage. They settled in Rohnert Park in 1969.
Lund became a stockbroker, working for several North Bay firms before retiring in 1994.
In his spare time, he was a soccer coach, sponsored a softball team, bowled, golfed and played tennis. He was a member of numerous service organizations and was a president of the Exchange Club. He was a Gideon and helped distribute Bibles to area hotels.
Lund was always active in Democratic politics. He volunteered on campaigns in addition to running for office himself. His family said he knew people at all levels of government.
"From the time I was a kid I remember him campaigning," said his step-daughter, Joy Montague of Boyes Hot Springs. "Even up until the end, he knew both sides of all the issues."
Lund became ill with emphysema about two years ago and moved into a Petaluma care center. He died Feb. 27 at a Marin County hospital.
In addition to his wife and step-daughter, he is survived by daughters Margaret Bomer and Barbara Lund, both of Corpus Christi, Texas; and sons Matthew Lund of El Verano, Erik Lund of Sebastopol and Christian Lund of Rohnert Park.
He had 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and cousins in Norway and Denmark.
A memorial is planned for 11 a.m. March 23 at Crown and Cross Lutheran Church in Rohnert Park. A military service will be conducted at the Sacramento National Cemetery in Dixon.
— Paul Payne