MALIBU—The city of Malibu is mourning the loss of Parks and Recreation Department Director Bob Stallings who passed away at his home on August 6, surrounded by family. According to a news release from the city of Malibu website, Stallings joined the city staff in 2006. During his tenure, Stallings helped with the building and grand opening of Trancas Canyon Park, the installation of new playgrounds at Malibu Bluffs Park and Las Flores Creek Park, and the addition of the mural on the Michael Landon Community Center.

He was instrumental in implementing the first update to the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan since 2000, and oversaw the development of the Bluffs Park Master Plan. Stallings helped in the creation of park facilities using agreements with all of the community groups, such as AYSO, Little League, and Trancas Riders and Ropers, and developed a community group to raise funds for a future skate park in Malibu.

Before coming to Malibu, Stallings was Recreation Manager for the city of Moorpark; Human Resources Supervisor at the Home Depot in Newbury Park; and Recreation Supervisor, then Superintendent of Recreation for the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District in Camarillo. He also worked as the Recreation Supervisor for the city of Fresno after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Fresno State University.

He was a member of the California Park and Recreation Society, Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Camarillo Youth Advisory Council, and was Director of the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District.

“Bob was an avid golfer with a terrific sense of humor that made him a favorite among his colleagues, staff, and the community he loved to serve. His jovial nature, outgoing spirit, and infectious smile will be greatly missed by all of Malibu,” states the release. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and their two sons.