DUARTE, Calif. (CNS) – Funeral services were pending Monday for Duarte Mayor Bryan Urias, who was found unresponsive at his home and pronounced dead at the scene.
He was 40.
“On behalf of the city council and city officials, our condolences and thoughts go out to Bryan’s family,” Duarte Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Finlay said in a statement.
What you need to know
- The 40-year-old Mayor of Duarte, Bryan Urias, was found unresponsive to his home and was pronounced dead on Sunday at the crime scene
- According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, firefighters walked to the mayor’s home on the 2000 block of Buena Vista Street at around 1 p.m. on Sunday in response to a report of a medical emergency
- There was no immediate information on the cause of death
- Urias was elected to the Duarte City Council in District 6 in November 2018 and has been the city’s mayor since December 2020
“Bryan has a long history in public service in the San Gabriel Valley, bringing a regional perspective and strong relationships to his role as a community leader. Unfortunately, we will miss his experience and his role in our community.
“As a well-known member of our community, it is natural for the public to have questions and concerns, but I ask that we respect the Urias family by giving them privacy and space to mourn.”
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, in response to a report of a medical emergency, firefighters walked to the mayor’s home on the 2000 block of Buena Vista Street at around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
There was initially no information on the cause of death.
According to the city, Urias was a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, the son of immigrant parents, and the first in his family to attend college and graduate from Cal State Los Angeles. He worked for some time for Reps. Hilda Solis and Judy Chu, and for some time was a board member of the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District.
He was elected to the Duarte City Council in District 6 in November 2018 and became Mayor of the city in December 2020.
Chu, D-Pasadena, said she was “more than sorry to hear about the death of Urias,” who was her assistant district director and worked in her convention bureau for five years.
“Bryan knew how to serve the public – and especially the San Gabriel Valley he loved so much – after representing me in so many cities and at so (many) events for so many years, and before that as Staff member of Congress Hilda Solis, “Chu said in a statement.
“From helping our veterans to the environment to work, I have always relied so much on Bryan, in large part because of his deep compassion and concern for working with voters, many of whom were desperate for help with all things. from their social security to their immigration cases. “
Chu added, “Bryan later became a self-elected officer. As a member of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Board, he was committed to sustainable water supplies and was a leader in finding ways to recycle water from the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, helping clear the plumes of pollution in our water basin. As a city council member and mayor of Duarte, he was committed to the local needs of the residents. “