Duarte Mourns Unexpected Passing of Mayor Bryan Urias

Duarte Mayor Bryan Urias passed away suddenly at his home over the weekend. He was just 51 years old.

“On behalf of the city council and city staff, our condolences and thoughts are with Bryan's family," Duarte Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Finlay said in a statement. "Bryan has a long history of public service in the San Gabriel Valley, and he brought a regional perspective and strong relationships to his role as a community leader. His experience and role in our community will be sadly missed.

"As a well-known member of our community, it is natural for the public to have questions and concerns, but I ask that we respect the Urias family by giving them privacy and space to grieve."

Urias was first elected to the city council in 2018 to represent District 6. He previously served as a field representative for then Congresswoman Hilda Solis, as Senior Field Deputy and Deputy District Director for U.S. Representative Judy Chu, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District. Urias was a lifelong San Gabriel Valley resident; the son of immigrants and the first in his family to go to college.

“Bryan was hard working, and was always trying to do what was right for the community,” Rep. Chu said Monday. “He had a profound impact on the San Gabriel Valley. I will miss him.”

Funeral services are pending.