Joseph Greenbach ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco until age 13, when he moved to Atherton with his parents and siblings, regretting that he never got to attend Lowell High School in San Francisco. At Sequoia High School in Redwood City, he was a natural athlete, playing on championship football and basketball teams. He attended Menlo Junior College and earned a basketball scholarship to SCU. He played point guard all three years, traveling all over the U.S. Joe was inducted into four basketball hall of fames: Santa Clara University, San Mateo County, Menlo Junior College, and Sequoia High School. After SCU, he was a 1950 Round 8 draft pick by professional basketball team Washington Capitols, which he declined to start a noteworthy career in the family business. Simultaneously, he was selected to play with the local Stewart Chevrolet basketball team coached by Hank Luisetti, joining with other notable basketball players from Stanford, USF, Cal, Santa Clara, and Oregon State. Out of the 50 AAU competitive teams, the Stewart Chevrolet team won the 1951 AAU Basketball Championship and missed playing in the Helsinki Olympics by the loss of one game. Joe was also selected to play with the AAU All-Stars on a national and international tour. Upon joining the family real estate development business, Belle Haven Realty, Joe helped build over 3,000 homes in San Mateo County and oversaw operations of their Hotels in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Tahoe and Del Mar, California. He moved to Hawaii to build the first high-rise hotel in Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Biltmore. He and his older brother also built the Royal Towers on Russian Hill in San Francisco. It was among the first condominiums in the city and stands today as a hallmark of the family’s development history. Belle Haven Realty, under Joe’s leadership, continued to own and operate the Villa Hotel in San Mateo for 36 years. During that time, 96 rooms were added plus the purchase of the popular Villa Chartier and Lani Restaurants. Following the death of his father and older brother in the 70s, Joe served as president and CEO of Belle Haven Realty until his death. He was highly respected in the community for his business acumen and ongoing successes. He was president and board member of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce and received a lifetime award for starting the San Mateo County Convention and Vistor’s Bureau, serving as president and on the board of directors for many years. He also received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults of San Mateo County. He served on the board of trustees at Sacred Heart in Atherton for several years, where his three daughters attended and served on the board for the Service League of San Mateo County. He was a member of St. Pius Church and the San Francisco Olympic Club, enjoying playing golf and dominos with his buddies. Joe continued participation in the annual Bay Area former basketball players and coaches groups and maintained his association in various Bay Area basketball player groups. In 1997, Joe married Nancy Greenbach from Texas and spent 20 wonderful years full of shared love and respect for one another. They traveled to their Dallas residence at the Crestpark in Highland Park to visit family and friends, plus conducting business in Texas. Joe and Nancy felt blessed to be able to travel the world. New York City was a favorite destination, visiting often for theatre, museums, and dining. Both were San Francisco Symphony patrons. A true gentleman, Joe passed away on Dec. 4, 2017, from a prolonged illness, surrounded by his beloved wife, Nancy Greenbach and loving family. He was a dedicated family man, husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather and brother to the extended Greenbach family. A great storyteller, he held court with all, recounting family history, business successes and blunders, and more—always with detail, clarity and humor. Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Helen Greenbach, brother Bill Greenbach, sister Kathryn Moore, son Jeff Greenbach, sister-in-law Patty Greenbach, brothers-in-law Bill Moore and William Kennett, and first wife Betty Greenbach. He is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy; children Dan Greenbach of Santa Ros, Kim Jones (Brian) of Los Altos, Mylie Greenbach ’94 of Fort Worth, Texas, Tami Adam ’82 (Jim) of San Juan Bautista, California, Matt Mattox (Susan) of Dallas, and Jennifer Oines (Leif) of Blanco, Texas; grandchildren Weston Greenbach, Grace Greenbach, Kyle Adam, Danielle Adam, Tuhy (Steve), Fletcher Adam, Joe Adam, Tom Jones, Mike Jones, Austin Mattox, Molly Mattox, and Ellie Mattox; great-grandchildren Danika Tuhy and Jocelyn Joy Tuhy; and his sister, Gloria Kennett, plus many nieces and nephews. His family will miss his soft-spoken manner, his love and guidance, and the amazing example he set forth in both life and work.

08 Nov 2018