Bobby Franklin Eden was a lifelong resident and business owner in the City of Euless, Texas. In April of 1981, he was elected to the Euless City Council and served as Mayor Pro Tem from May 1990 until his death in January 1991. Prior to that he served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1976 to 1977 and the Planning & Zoning Commission from 1977 to 1981. He was also among the original members of the Board of Directors for the Euless Nonprofit Industrial Development Authority in 1980 and served until 1991.
In addition to serving in these official capacities for the City of Euless, Eden was also active in the community in other ways. A long serving member and trustee of the First Baptist Church of Euless, he performed various roles throughout his many years. This included being a deacon and the superintendent of the Sunday school.
Born and raised in Euless, Eden’s family were well established in the area. His grandfather, Franklin Eden, was part of the Estelle Community which once inhabited land where DFW International Airport now sits. Eden attended the former Euless High School and later received a business administration degree from the University of North Texas.
After his passing in January 1991, the Euless City Council resolved to honor its former member. On November 12, 1991 a resolution was passed to establish a memorial to Bob Eden. This resolution set out to officially recognize and express appreciation for his long and faithful service to the citizens of his community. It also dedicated a portion of what was known as Little Bear Creek Park as Bob Eden Park and called for the construction of a monument plaque.
In the spring of 1992, Bob Eden Park was dedicated to honor his work towards the betterment of Euless.