San Juan Bautista Mayor and longtime community volunteer Jim West has passed away.
West was a councilman for the past four years and before that also served on the San Benito County Healthcare District Board. In his career, he was a longtime employee of Graniterock and was active in his participation with community nonprofits. West was 75 years old.
According to the City of San Juan Bautista website, West had been involved in San Benito County for over 20 years. In recent years, he was elected to the San Benito County Health Care District, appointed to the San Benito County’s Parks & Recreation Commission and was vice chairman of the county’s General Plan Update Committee.
West has served on the United Way Board of Directors. He received two National Philanthropy Awards, the Gavilan College Community Spirit Award and the San Benito Community Leadership Award.
West did not seek reelection for a second term on the San Juan Bautista City Council in November’s election.
On Thursday, the San Juan Bautista City Council canceled a special meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. in light of West’s death.
The San Benito County Coroner’s Office did not have an official yet on West’s death.
San Juan Bautista Councilman John Freeman released the following on West’s passing:
The City of San Juan Bautista was very saddened today to learn of the passing of their mayor and beloved resident, the Honorable Jim West. Mayor West was a long-time resident of San Benito County and recently made San Juan Bautista his home, where he turned his attention and tireless, never-ending spirit of community involvement to helping the citizens of the Mission City and the local community. Jim was also the passionate representative of Granite Rock, a company he emphatically believed in, loved and epitomized wherever he went. Jim leaves behind many great friends, colleagues and associates in our community, and his presence will be greatly missed. The City of San Juan Bautista wishes to extend its most heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. You will be missed, Mr. Mayor.
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