It is with much sadness that the City of Watauga reports that Mayor Hector F. Garcia went to be with the Lord in the early morning of February 2, 2018.

Mayor Hector F. Garcia was a driving force in Watauga and completely devoted to his community and his family. He was a proud resident of the City of Watauga where he and his wife, Wendy, established their home in 1968 and raised two children and one grandson.

Mayor Garcia served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1968, serving in Korea, Turkey, England and the United States. He worked for General Dynamics as an Aircraft Assembler and Supervisor. After receiving an Associate Degree in Applied Science specializing in Aviation Technology he was moved to the Engineering Planning Department where he retired after 35 years of service.

Mayor Garcia served as Co-Chairman of the first Watauga Charter Commission in 1979. In 1980 he was elected to Council Place 3, and served for 6 years. In 1994, he was Chairman of the Watauga Zoning Board of Adjustment, and in 1995 he was elected Mayor and served in that capacity until 2002. He had a brief hiatus in his service, but was elected Mayor in 2013, for a total of over 29 years of public service.

Mayor Garcia will be greatly missed; his contagious positivity, love for life and care for his fellow citizens will never be replaced. Please keep Mayor Garcia’s family in your prayers.