YUMA, Ariz.– City of Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls lauded former Councilmember Johnny Rodriguez’s contributions both on and off the Council in a statement issued ahead of Rodriguez’s funeral this weekend.
“Through both his time on the Yuma City Council and as a private citizen, Johnny always put the City of Yuma first, above his personal and business life. He had a long tenure on the Council and saw the City through some big changes, including the hiring of the City’s first-ever female City Administrator. Even after he served on Council, he remained deeply involved in the community, and was known as someone who would provide his helpful, experienced insight to businesses and other organizations.
"Johnny will also be remembered as one of the friendliest people you would encounter in the City organization. And for years and years, there wasn’t a high school senior boy or a male member of a wedding party who didn’t get their tux from Johnny.”
Mayor Nicholls spoke dearly of having the opportunity to be in the same Yuma Rotary group with Rodriguez, where Rodriguez was always encouraging.
Rodriguez passed away March 12. He was appointed to the Yuma City Council in July 1980 to complete a term, then was successfully re-elected in 1981, 1985, and 1989, serving as Deputy Mayor in 1984. He ran for Mayor in 1993.
A funeral mass will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life of will follow in the church hall for family and friends.