Mayor Leonard Scarcella of Stafford dies at age 79

Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella (center) died June 28 at age 79. (Courtesy ABC13)
Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella (center) died June 28 at age 79. (Courtesy ABC13)

Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella (center) died June 28 at age 79. (Courtesy ABC13)



The Mayor of Stafford, Leonard Scarcella, died around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon after a brief illness, according to the city.

Scarcella, 79, made history as the longest-serving mayor in the United States. He was elected to office in 1969 at age 29.

He died just three weeks before his 80th birthday.

According to Fort Bend County Judge KP George, the flags across the county will be flown at half-staff until further notice.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement regarding Scarcella's death.

In April, I last saw Mayor Scarcella when we joined others to announce a PPE medical supply drive to help first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Mayor Scarcella was a bold and empathetic public servant who fought tirelessly for the people of Stafford to get their fair share of resources and services. The City of Stafford was fortunate to have Mayor Scarcella's strong leadership for 50 years. His tenure as the nation's longest-serving mayor is a testament to his character, contributions, and the confidence people had in his administration. He leaves a rich legacy, and we will miss him.

Scarcella lived in Stafford his entire life and received his education in Missouri City schools. He was an alum of Texas A&M University and University of Houston Law School. He practiced law for 53 years in Stafford and served in the Texas Air National Guard with active duty in the Air Force. Scarcella was also a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City.

According to the city, Scarcella facilitated a partnership between the city, the Texas Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad for a $110 million enhancement of the U.S. 90A Corridor. He also led the charge for the development of the Stafford Centre.

The Fort Bend Democratic Party is asking the community and surrounding cities to keep his loved ones in prayer. Many took to social media to share their condolences.




Last year, Scarcella celebrated 50 years of service with the city of Stafford.
By ABC13
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