Mayor, Council Members pay last respects to Hon. Michael A. Ybarra
October 6, 2014
Press Release (PDF: 149KB)
Vernon, CA – Mayor W. Michael McCormick, Mayor Pro Tem William "Bill" Davis,
Council Member Richard Maisano and Council Member Luz Martinez paid their last
respects today to Councilmember Michael A. Ybarra at Calvary Cemetery in East Los
Angeles. Councilmember Ybarra died of an apparent heart attack following a softball
game in Lodi, California on Friday, September 26. He was 61.
Mayor McCormick said, "I'd known Mike Ybarra since he was 15-years-old. I remember
seeing him going to school or returning home after baseball practice or games. Mike
was proud to have continued the legacy of public service his father and uncle had been
known for in Vernon."
Mayor Pro Tem Davis said, "Mike Ybarra loved Vernon. He campaigned against the
disincorporation of our city and then followed his late father's footsteps by winning
election to the Vernon City Council. Mike was a strong leader and dedicated public
servant. He was a good provider for his family and loved softball. He often shared family
stories when we carpooled together to meetings. He strongly supported Vernon
businesses and they strongly supported him. Mike was liked and appreciated by the
entire Vernon community. We lost a great man and a great friend."
Councilmember Richard Maisano said, "Mike Ybarra and I had a lot of conversations
about softball, which we both played as adults. We shared stories about our softball
aches and pains. We had similar interests. We talked about family. Mike was close to
his children and grandchildren. He was involved and engaged as a council member. He
never hesitated to ask tough questions of staff."
Councilmember Luz Martinez said, "Mike Ybarra was always very professional in
dealing with matters of the City of Vernon. He was a very polite man. Apart from his role
as an elected official, Mike was very involved with his family. He was a great family
man. He loved being a grandfather and took his grandchildren to school, softball games
and other family activities. Mike enjoyed the simple things in life and he really knew how
to genuinely enjoyed life.
The late Councilmember Ybarra was a lifelong Vernon resident. His widow, Susana
Rodriguez-Ybarra, and daughters Michelle, Melissa and Marlene survive him.