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Former Temecula Mayor Ron Roberts has died


Last updated 2/7/2019 at 2:15pm

City of Temecula

Former Temecula Mayor and City Council Member Ronald H. Roberts passed away Monday, Feb. 4 at the age of 78.

TEMECULA - Temecula City Manager Aaron Adams announced in a statement on Tuesday, Feb. 5 that former Temecula Mayor and City Council Member Ronald H. Roberts 78, passed away peacefully yesterday, Monday, Feb. 4.

"We are mourning the loss not only of a former colleague but a dear friend who loved Temecula and worked selflessly for nearly 25 years to help create this beautiful city," said Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar.

Roberts, who was celebrating his 58th anniversary of marriage on Monday, is survived by his wife, Jeanne; son, Ron Jr. and his wife, Kara; daughter, Wendy and her husband, Sam; and five grandchildren.

Roberts was first appointed to the Temecula Traffic Commission in 1990, where he served until he was elected to the Temecula City Council in 1992, and then re-elected five terms continuously, including mayor five times, through December of 2014 at which time he retired.

Roberts represented Temecula regionally at different times over his tenure as Chairman of the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Committee, Chairman of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, Chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, and Chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink).

He was also President of Southern California Association of Governments, Chairman of Southern California Association of Governments Transportation & Communication Committee, Chairman of South Coast Air Quality Management District Mobile Source Air Pollution and Reduction Committee, Chairman of the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, and on numerous other boards, committees, and task forces.

According to the city's statement, "Roberts' impact is seen throughout the City's infrastructure, facilities, parks, and, most visibly, the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library named for his vision, leadership and perseverance to ultimately build what remains as the best and busiest of 35 libraries in Riverside County."

"My colleagues and I are grateful for the time we worked alongside him," Naggar said. "We learned from his leadership style and admirable manner in which he served the City, and his commitment to causes throughout the community. Ron was a great man, and we will miss him."


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