Longoria's giving spirit honored by city

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet police lead a procession through town Monday evening as they escort the body of city park supervisor Aurelio "Randy" Longoria, Jr. to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home. Longoria, who was known for having a giving spirit and servant's heart, died Saturday, Aug. 4. Riding behind the white funeral home van were several city vehicles.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The City of Burnet is mourning the loss of Park Supervisor Aurelio “Randy” Longoria Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 4.

A well-known figure in the community, Longoria is remembered by family, friends, and colleagues for the dedication he showed towards the City of Burnet and the individual members of his community.

“Randy was amazing,” said City Manager David Vaughn. “He always did anything and everything he could to help the community and people individually; he was never going to say no.”

Longoria was employed by the City of Burnet since July 2004. During the past 14 years, his hard work made an impact on the city's public works projects and community and family events to which he dedicated his time and effort, including the Burnet Concert Series.

“Pretty much every event I've ever done in the city, Randy has been a part of, mostly behind the scenes because that's the way he wanted it; he wanted nothing in return,” said Burnet Concert Series founder and incoming Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle. “If I needed anything for benefits or events he never said 'no.' He didn't know how to. He had a servant's heart.”

Working as Park Supervisor for the City of Burnet, Longoria was the head of a big happy family.

“His crew followed him very well,” Beierle said. “He was a good leader, and was the head of the group but very much a working part of his crew.”

During the most recent Park Road fire, evacuees were directed to the Burnet Community Center for refuge, and Longoria was right there along with the volunteers, helping the members of the community he cared so much about.

“He stepped up and did whatever it took when we opened the doors of the community center to help everybody,” Vaughn said. “I can't say enough about him.”

Longoria's giving spirit was evident up until the moment of his passing and beyond. After his death, Longoria's organs were donated, as was his wish.

“Randy was an amazing coworker and more importantly, a friend,” Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley said. “There was never a time when he was hesitant to step in when needed. He was always the first to help no matter the difficulty or the time needed to get something done and that help was always delivered with a warm smile and genuine care. He was the kind of person who you immediately felt like you had known your whole life, or that you surely must be related to somehow because that's the way he treated you.

“He was a hard worker, took the initiative, and did not quit until the work was done,” Bromley continued. “He went above and beyond on everything he did.”

Longoria was always willing to cook dinner for various events, and took that extra job seriously.

“Whenever the Parks Department was responsible for providing food for an event, Randy would remember who liked their onions seared on the grill and who liked their hamburger buns warmed up,” Bromley said. “He was just that kind of guy. We will all miss him so much. I will personally miss that wide grin and sharp wit. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. May you rest in peace, Randy.”

An outpouring of love on social media posts from multiple individuals continue to filter in as the community comes to terms with its loss.

“Everybody loved him and that is reflective of who he was,” Vaughn said. “You can't have enough of those people and you can't replace a person like that.”

A visitation for family and friends will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the chapel of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. Longoria's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in the chapel of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.

Condolences may be offered to clementswilcoxburnet.com.

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