Austin ISD to hold memorial service for Gus Garcia on Jan. 14

Gus Garcia (right) smiles during the dedication of the Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy in 2014. Garcia died Dec. 16.

Gus Garcia (right) smiles during the dedication of the Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy in 2014. Garcia died Dec. 16.

Austin ISD and the Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy community will have a memorial service Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. for the school’s namesake, Gus Garcia, who died Dec. 16.

Garcia was a community leader who served as the city of Austin’s first Hispanic mayor. He also served on the AISD board of trustees from 1972-78 and was a member of Austin City Council for a total of 10 years, according to a Jan. 13 news release from the school district.

According to the release, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz; the school’s principal, Sterlin McGruder; Austin Mayor Steve Adler; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, will be in attendance and will speak at the event. Students will also preform and present in Garcia’s honor.

The memorial will take place at Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, 7414 Johnny Morris Road, Austin, at 9 a.m.