Phil Bay, one of Keizer's original city councilors and most notable volunteers, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 85.

Bay served on the city council from 1983 to 1991 and helped organize city services ranging from water and police to setting policies that still guide the city.

He was also a founding member of the Keizer Heritage Foundation board, a volunteer firefighter, a founding member of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and instrumental in moving the original Keizer schoolhouse from the intersection of Chemawa and River Road to its current home alongside the Keizer Civic Center.

On April 19, 2021, the Keizer City Council adopted a proclamation honoring Bay for his long history of service to the Keizer community, it included his own day, Sept. 10.