A moment of silence for “Great Stafford Leader” Martin Saldua

By Karen Daniels 

At the top of last week’s Stafford City Council meeting, Mayor Scarcella paid respect to a man who dedicated much of his life to the City of Stafford, Martin Saldua, who passed away on July 13. The Mayor said, “Martin was one of those rare individuals that believed very fervently in his community.”

Martin Saldua was Stafford MSD’s very first School Board President. From 1977 to 1986, he helped lead the district to the path they are now on. He was also a current Director with the Fort Bend County W.C. & I.D. No. 2, and for the past 15 years, served as a board member holding various positions. The Mayor added that Mr. Saldua “had some strong opinions and sometimes he agreed with you and sometimes he didn’t, but that didn’t deter him from doing what was in the best interest of not only the school district, the water district, but the community as a whole.”

As the Councilmembers each commented on their memories of Mr. Saldua, they all agreed that he was a man who put so much into his community. Councilman Cecil Willis spoke of Martin Saldua’s early days as a Stafford volunteer firefighter, and despite recent serious health setbacks, he “always had a smile, always had a head up.” Felecia Evans-Smith shared that Mr. Saldua supported her when she wasn’t the incumbent. “He stood by my side from the beginning. He was one of the people that walked with me through his neighborhood. He was not afraid or ashamed to admit that he was backing me, and I really appreciated that.”

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