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TO THE EDITOR:

Artesia City Councilman, Jose Luis Aguilar, passed away at the age of 72 on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Councilman Aguilar possessed a compassion for humankind that was without equal. He was a man who had conviction for standing up for the under served and set an example for the rest of us to aspire too. Councilman Aguilar stood for what he believed in, no matter what challenges were before him. He had strong convictions when it came to serving not only his constituents in District 2 but also the entire City of Champions community that he cherished. As a man of unwavering principle, he fully invested his time and effort in the Council and all the committees he was appointed too. He became well-versed on all issues that impacted the citizens of Artesia.

He was a leader who strived to make his City a better place for everyone and personified the ideology of fairness. Over the years he served several terms as City Councilman and was instrumental in bringing to fruition projects that elevated the quality of life for the residents of Artesia. The most recent projects included the CGBD Fund for the Paris and York streets sewer improvements and lighting for Guadalupe Park and Eagle Draw.

We will never forget his legacy. On behalf of his friends and supporters from the City of Artesia, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Toni and his children.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at 8 a.m. at Our Lady Grace Church located at 1111 N. Roselawn Ave., Artesia, N.M., 88210.

Maria L. Almanza