Eric Cristian Salvatierra Age 39, passed away on Friday, March 9th in Menlo Park, California. Eric was a devoted father and husband who will forever be remembered for his compassion, humility, intellect, kindness, fun-loving wit, and unwavering loyalty to family, friends, and colleagues. Eric was born in Tucson, AZ on March 29th, 1972, the son of Hector and Joan Salvatierra. He graduated from Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix in 1990, where he was voted most likely to succeed. Eric attended college at Georgetown University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance in 1994. He was President of Beta Gamma Sigma and received the Dean's Citation for his leadership in 1994. Eric also rowed with the Georgetown Varsity Lightweight Crew team. Eric met his wife Meredith Ackley were married in Sonoma County in 1999. At Meredith's 40th birthday party, Eric described her as "his star, his ever bright and guiding light." Eric worked as an equity analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York before moving to California with Meredith in 1998 to attend Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. But before Eric was due to start at Stanford, his life changed course when he took a summer internship with a little known Internet company called eBay. Drawn by eBay's innovative business model, Eric soon decided to defer his Stanford studies and stay at the company. As one of eBay's earliest finance employees in 1998, Eric helped build the foundation for the company's long-term success. Over the 14 years that Eric worked at eBay, PayPal and Skype, he held numerous high level leadership positions that made a lasting impact, most recently serving as Paypal's Vice President for Customer Advocacy and Operational Excellence. In the words of eBay's CEO John Donahoe, "Eric was one of those unique and special colleagues who was loved and admired by all." Although Eric was a successful business leader, his true passion was his family: his wife Meredith and their three daughters, Lia (age 10), Eva (age 8) and Elena (age 3). His wife and children meant the world to Eric and his priority was to be present for his family. All three of his beautiful daughters inherited Eric's soulful blue eyes and gracious spirit. Eric snowboarded throughout the winter and road biked in the summer. He never missed a concert by his favorite artist and was well known for his DJ skills that kept the dance floor hopping. Eric served the community in many ways and gave generously of his time, business skills and finances. He was on the board of Peninsula Bridge for two years and he was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. Sadly, Eric struggled with Bipolar II, an invisible illness that can be as deadly as cancer or heart disease. Since his diagnosis in the summer of 2011, he worked tirelessly with mental health professionals to manage his illness. In the end, he lost his fight with this debilitating disease. In addition to his wife and children, Eric will be forever loved and missed by his devoted parents, Hector & Joan Salvatierra and his loving siblings: John Salvatierra, his wife Wilma and their children: Isabella & Mary Grace; Stephen Salvatierra, his wife Heather, and their children: Madeline & Natalie, Mary Salvatierra and her husband Doug Lively, and Marc Salvatierra; his uncle Dr. Oscar Salvatierra, his wife Pam; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is also loved and grieved by his beloved in-laws, Molly & Harry Ackley, and his sister-in-law Julia Ackley and her husband, Cameron Burks and their children, Sadie and Hannah. In lieu of flowers, the Salvatierra-Ackley family has asked that donations be given in Eric's name to three organizations: NAMI Santa Clara (http://www.namisantaclara.org/), DBSA (http://www.dbsalliance.org/), or Kara (http://www.kara-grief.org/joomla/).
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 21, 2012