Azusa Councilman Uriel Macias Passes Away at 51

Azusa City Councilman Uriel Macias has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51. The city issued the following statement on Aug. 31:

It is with deep sadness that the City of Azusa announces the sudden passing of City Councilmember Uriel E. Macias. Mr. Macias was currently in his fourth term on the Azusa City Council, having first been elected in 2007. During his tenure on the Azusa City Council, Councilmember Macias served as the Mayor Pro-Tem, as a representative to the Foothill Transit Authority, the Gold Line Joint Powers Authority, the Azusa-RMC Joint Powers Authority, and as the City’s representative on the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
Mayor Robert Gonzales issued the following statement on behalf of the City, “Today, the City of Azusa lost a true public servant with the death of City Councilmember Uriel Macias. Mr. Macias honorably served our city for close to two decades as Councilmember, Mayor Pro-Tem, Personnel Board member, and former City Treasurer. He was also a proud veteran, having served our country in combat in Afghanistan. He always represented the City and City Council with passion and devotion, and he will be greatly missed in our community. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Macias’ family during this difficult time.”

The City of Azusa is requesting privacy for Councilmember Macias’ family at this time. Flags at all City facilities will be lowered immediately in his honor.

The Azusa Unified School District also issued a statement on Macias’ passing on Facebook, calling him “a valued member of the AUSD community, serving on the Superintendent and Parent Roundtable, volunteering at school events, and supporting AUSD initiatives.”

“Uriel Macias has always been dedicated to serving his Azusa community,” said Board President Gabriela Arellanes. “We know he was passionate about making a difference. With heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, kids, and family during this difficult time.”