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ANAHEIM MOURNS THE LOSS OF A GREAT PROTECTOR
Remembering Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – August 14, 2015 – More than 200 friends, family members, dignitaries, and Anaheim residents attended Sai nt Anthony Claret Catholic Church to pay respects to former Anaheim Union High School District Trustee (AUHSD), Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin.
An Anaheim resident and business owner of 35 years, Hoagy faithfully served his community for the majority of his time as a resident starting as a commissioner with the Anaheim Redevelopment and Housing Commission. He then went on to serve as Executive Board Member for the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club, Chair of the Anaheim Community Development Block Grant, Executive Board Member of the Anaheim Prep Sports/Activities Foundation, past President of the Anaheim Police Officer Honorary Association, and coinciding as a Trustee for AUHSD served as President for the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program Board of Trustees.
In addition to these roles, Hoagy was also very proud of his contributions to “Make a Wish” Foundation, Anaheim Paint Your Heart Out, Alumnus Leadership Anaheim, Orange County Waste and Recycling, OC Community Resources, Boy Scouts of America, Southern California Special Olympics, Anaheim Host Lions Club, Anaheim Police Athletic League/Cops for Kids, certified as an Orange County Search & Rescue Volunteer, and was a board member of the Community Emergency Response Team.
Hoagy was also the recipient of many accolades including the Los Angeles Police Department Citizen of the Year in 1990, 1992, and 2006; recipient of the prestigious 2010 U.S. Presidential Life Time Achievement Award and prestigious 2010 Governors Volunteer Recognition Award; recipient of prestigious 2010 “The Larry Moore Memorial Award” Life Time Member; and Anaheim Arts Council “ 2012 Champion of the Arts” through Altrusa, Anaheim.
Appointed as Trustee to the AUHSD Board in 2000, and elected in 2002 receiving the most votes among 12 candidates, Hoagy was a champion for government transparency and fought for school employees. As AUHSD President, Hoagy called for the investigation of the Measure Z School Bond by the Grand Jury when it was brought to his attention that there had been mismanagement of funds for construction projects. Through renegotiation of construction contracts, he saved the District and tax payers more than $50,000.
“Anaheim has lost a great community leader. I am proud to have supported him during his tenure as a public servant and I was honored to call him a friend. As a Trustee, he worked hard to save after school programs while keeping our schools solvent. He had a passion for education and simply believed that every child can succeed. He was a man of integrity and will be greatly missed,” said California State Senator Janet Nguyen.
Concerned about the future of the City of Anaheim and calling for greater accountability in City Government, Hoagy decided late in 2010 to run for City Council. While he was unsuccessful in his attempt, not receiving key endorsements from local PACs pushing tax subsidies for resort developers, Hoagy was determined to create change. As a founding member of the Anaheim Small Business Organization, Hoagy sought to even the playing field and fill a void in representation of small business in Anaheim. Through this organization, Hoagy gained support and a voice for small businesses among a few Anaheim council members. “Hoagy always did what was right and will be greatly missed,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
With only a month to live, Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin attended the Anaheim City Council meeting for the last time on Tuesday July 7, 2015 in opposition to the 30 year extension of the Disneyland Tax Exemption; once again, bringing a voice for transparency and accountability. Hoagy was laid to rest in the historic Anaheim Cemetery, forever keeping watch over the city he sought to protect.