Man killed by train was a Palo Alto Elks president

Stephen Ebaugh, 53, hit on Caltrain tracks Sunday evening

The man killed by a train in Menlo Park Sunday (Sept. 12) was Stephen Ebaugh, 53, of Menlo Park, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office has announced.

Ebaugh was a member of the Palo Alto Elks Club and served as chaplain in 2007 and president in 2009, according to the organization.

Southbound train number 438 struck Ebaugh on the Caltrain tracks at Glenwood Avenue, north of the Menlo Park station, at about 5:14 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

Ebaugh was on the tracks for unknown reasons and Caltrain's official position is that he was trespassing, she added.

No further information is available yet about the accident. Bartholomew said this is the seventh fatality for Caltrain this year.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

— Sandy Brundage

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Sorry to hear about this.
He was a good guy, I'm sure his family is shook up, prayers to his Mom and family.

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Posted by Elks
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

The Mercury-News says: "The retired NASA technician and former Marine served as the Palo Alto Elks Club's chaplain in 2007 and president in 2009, according to a biography printed in the fraternal organization's newsletter." Web Link

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Posted by E R
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm

11th Hour Toast

You have heard the tolling of 11 strokes.

This is to remind us that with Elks, the hour of 11 has a tender significance.

Wherever Elks may roam, whatever their lot in life may be, when this hour falls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.

It is the golden hour of recollection, the homecoming of those who wander, the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.

Living or dead, Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken.

Morning and noon may pass them by, the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message,

"To our absent members."
God Bless Steve, and all of his Family.

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Posted by Condolences
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

Condolences to the family.

Caltrains need not be so heartless as to take an "official position" that the poor man was "trespassing". Anyone not authorized to be on the tracks is a trespasser so what is the point of this meaningless official position.

Why not simply express regret that someone was hurt on the lines. Trespasser of not, what we are talking about is a human being.

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Posted by official position
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

"official position" is not a direct quote. Could be the newspaper's words, not Caltrain's words.

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Posted by Condolences
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Condolences and best wishes to the family at this very difficult time.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

More proof that we need to put the trains in a trench.

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Posted by Let's not overreact
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

@chris - because of some infinitesimally small danger to the average person, we're supposed to spend billions of dollars of money we don't have to protect around 10 people per year? Accidents happen and people do what they do. It's always unfortunate when something like this happens, but reactionary approaches will only lead to a future where we're constantly terrified and trapped inside impenetrable bubbles.

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Posted by OMG
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

@lets not overreact, you are RIDICULOUS. you completely belittle the deaths of everyone who has died on the tracks. 10 people per year is a lot. thats 10 families that have been ruined. So while 10 people a year may seem like a small number of people, all it takes is your daughter or son to be the one in front of the train for your whole life to crumble. plus, think of all the lives it would save in years to come.

- gunn student

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

My condolences to this man's friends and family.

The HSR high speed rail, train trenches have nothing to do with this and it is very sad to see people taking advantage of a sad situation to make a cheap offhand remark.

I don't see how a physically and mentally able-bodied adult gets in front of a train just by trespassing, so I wonder why Cal-Trains needs to make a statement like that? Could it be foul play or intentional?

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