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July 13, 1936 - Sept. 11, 2012
Robert "Bat" Batinovich of Hillsborough, CA passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones on September 11, 2012 on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is survived by his wife Garnet, son Andy (Debbie), daughter Angela and grandchildren Kyle Cotchett, Kelly Cotchett, Alexa Batinovich and Avery Bysouth, brother Ken (Annette) and many wonderful cousins.
Bat was born on July 13th, 1936 in Long Beach, CA to Matthew and Margaret Batinovich. He attended St. Anthony's High School and worked as a tuna fisherman (longshoreman) in South America.
Bat was the founder of Glenborough Corporation based in San Mateo, CA and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glenborough Realty Trust Inc. a Real Estate Investment Trust through his retirement.
In addition to Mr. Batinovich's real estate experience he also had a broad background in both business and government, as well as charitable activities. His business background included seven years as an executive with Norris Industries, after which the bulk of his business life was devoted to entrepreneurial and venture capital activities, primarily through the start-up or acquisition, operation, and ultimate sale, of a variety of businesses.
During the period 1976-1980, Mr. Batinovich served on the California Public Utilities Commission, the last two years as its President. During this time, Mr. Batinovich also served on a number of governmental commissions and participated in a variety of policy research efforts sponsored by government bodies and universities. These included the California State Board of Transportation (1977) and the Health Facilities Authority (1981). In carrying out these responsibilities, he forged many strong and lasting relationships in both business and government. He served on the Board of Farr Company (a manufacturer of filters - NASDAQ, sold in 2000) and the Advisory Board of Greater Bay Bank Corp., Palo Alto, California. His many charitable affiliations included Community Gatepath, Georgetown University, The Samaritan House and Catholic Charities.
Bat loved the outdoors and some of his favorite pastimes included deep sea fishing, golf and water volleyball. He enjoyed and actively followed professional sports.
A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, September 17th at 1:00 pm at Our Lady Of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Community Gatepath, PO Box 5480, San Mateo, CA 94402 or you may donate online at www.gatepath.org
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from September 15 to September 16, 2012