Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Menifee: Longtime city councilman Wally Edgerton dies

Menifee's first Mayor had a long political career, many passions and a loving family

Mr Edgerton
photo credit - City Of Menifee
Menifee California – Councilman and Menifee’s First Mayor, Wallace “Wally” Edgerton. Edgerton, 81, passed away this afternoon May 26, 2015; with his wife Judee, and his daughters at his bedside. Edgerton passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis after being diagnosed in 2009.

Edgerton first received a lung transplant in 2011, and overtime his body began to reject the transplant leading to complications. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis causes lung tissue to become thickened or scarred and eventually robs the lungs of the ability to transfer oxygen to the bloodstream, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Edgerton was committed to the public as their elected representative and was connecting remotely for City Council meetings while he commuted to San Diego for intense lung treatments. May 20th was the last Council meeting that Councilman Edgerton participated in.



Edgerton was elected to Menifee’s first City Council in 2008, receiving the most votes and was appointed as the City’s first Mayor, holding that position for three years, until being elected in District 3 after residents voted for redistricting in 2011. Edgerton, a stockbroker and California State University, Long Beach and Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) lecturer on political science and public administration, previously served on the Long Beach City Council for 17 years from 1975-1992 where he was awarded “Outstanding Legislator” for his tireless work on issues such as nuclear freeze, renters’ rights, and pay equity for women.

During his tenure on the Menifee City Council, Edgerton was recognized as a champion for protecting the rural areas and some of the original landscape of Menifee. He was often seen as an advocate for slow growth, large lots, and less housing development. It has been reported that at the June 6 Menifee City Council meeting there will be a discussion topic on how to replace the District 3 councilman, be it via election or an appointment process.

“My sincere condolences go out to Judee, his daughters and Wally’s loved ones. Menifee has lost one of its first statesmen, and Wally was always interested in the welfare of the City. He wanted to see the City prosper and do well and that was always one of his goals. We may not have had the same vision on how that may have looked, but we always had great respect for one another,” said Mayor Scott Mann. “I was just fortunate enough to spend some quality time with Wally in his final days and was able to laugh, tell stories and pray with him and his family and I will always cherish those memories.”

Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later time. Mayor Mann has ordered all city flags to be flown at half-staff until Edgerton’s funeral. For more information, please call Robert Johnson, City Manager for the City of Menifee at (951) 672-6777 or visit www.cityofmenifee.us

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