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Councilor succumbs to heart disease at 53
Within days of announcing his candidacy for election as mayor, Pearsall City Councilor Roland Segovia lost his battle with heart disease.
The long-serving council member and former mayor succumbed during the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 3, at the age of 53.
Segovia is being remembered this week for his many terms of office in public service dating back a quarter century and the many occasions on which he reached out to the under-served, the economically disadvantaged and the elderly, either by pushing public policy to benefit the less fortunate or by giving them his own time and resources.
“I have been so overwhelmed with all the things people are saying that he did for them,” his wife of 20 years, Monica, said in a phone interview earlier this week. “Roland did things for everyone and most of them I do not even know about.”
Segovia held Place 6 at the Pearsall council table at the time of his death. He began his political career in the late nineties when he decided to run for mayor, subsequently winning his campaign and serving in that capacity for six years.
Segovia was a dominant force in the political environment, often encouraging others likewise to seek public office, but his first love was Little League.
“He started coaching when he was still in high school,” Monica said. “We did not even have Tiffany yet; man, he loved Little League, it was his life.”
The former mayor served as Little League board president for at least eight years, his wife recalls.
Earlier this year, and despite ailing health, Segovia announced his intent to run for mayor and at the time of his death was the sole candidate vying for the seat.
“This last time when he put his name on the ballot the kids were so upset,” his wife said. “But I told them if that is what keeps him going, let him do it. That is what he loves and we have to support it.”
Following a break in politics, Segovia was elected again to the city council in May 2019 and was the driving force behind a number of council decisions, including the push to start a coronavirus hotline.
“He was so selfless,” his wife said. “I can remember him getting plastic shopping bags and cleaning out our cabinets to feed another family. He did not think about the negatives. He just wanted to help.”
Never shy to share his concerns with the public, Segovia took pride in his involvement with the construction of the new HEB more than a decade ago. In fact, according to his wife, he touted it as his greatest accomplishment while serving the city of Pearsall.
“Most people do not know Roland’s date of birth and most will not remember the day he left us,” Mayor Mary Moore said this week. “However, what will be remembered is the difference he made in the lives of those he helped. The man truly was a selfless servant when it came to people of this community.”
The former councilor leaves behind his wife and children, Tiffany, James and Araceley.
“I married him three times,” his wife said. “I always told him that we had three anniversaries. That is how much I loved him.”