LOMPOC, CA, July 26, 2016 – Former Lompoc Mayor and City Councilman Joe Valencia died on Sat. July 23 following a long illness.
Valencia, who was 83, was a Lompoc City Councilman from 1976 to 1985, and served as Lompoc Mayor for one year from 1978 to 1979. While Valencia was serving as mayor, he oversaw the dedication of the city hall building at its current location, 100 Civic Center Plaza.
In addition, Valencia was a commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission from 1998 to 2013. He volunteered his time and services in many ways in the community, including spending decades with the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce. Valencia was honored as the Chamber’s Man of the Year in 2013. His greatest joy was his family, including his wife Rachel and their five children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl said he had been friends with Valencia and his wife for many years, and considers Valencia a great mentor. “Lompoc lost a true leader. Mayor Valencia will be missed by all of us that knew him, and all of us whose lives he touched serving our city,” Lingl added.
The community is invited to join in a celebration of Valencia’s life by attending his memorial service this Sat. July 30 at 11 a.m. at Lompoc Methodist Church, 925 North F St. A reception will immediately follow in the church’s fellowship hall.
City of Lompoc
The City of Lompoc, known as “The City of Arts and Flowers”, was founded as a town in 1874 and incorporated as a city on Aug. 13, 1888. Prior to the City’s establishment, the building of La Purisima Mission in 1787 marked the earliest European settlement in the Lompoc Valley. Growth in the Lompoc Valley was sparked by the 1901 completion of the coastal railroad between San Francisco and Los Angeles, which included the extension of a spur into Lompoc. The Lompoc Valley is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base, the first missile base of the United States Air Force. Today, the City of Lompoc is a travel destination known for its downtown mural program, local wines and acclaimed cuisine, historic landmarks, parks and nearby beaches. For more information, visit: http://www.cityoflompoc.com/