City of Victoria issues statement on passing of Tom Halepaska

Halepaska served as the City's former Super District 6 councilman

VICTORIA, Texas – The City of Victoria issued the following statement on the passing of the City’s former Super District 6 councilman Tom Halepaska.

“On remembering our friend and longtime colleague, we are saddened by the loss of Tom Halepaska. As a former city council member, community leader, and business owner, Tom had an incredible impact on our city. Our condolences go to Tom’s family and all those he had an impact on throughout his life, including ours.” – City of Victoria

Halepaska served as a council member and represented Super District 6 on the Victoria City Council from May 2004 until May 2019. He also served as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2009 and 2018 and on numerous boards and committees, including the following:

  • the Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization,
  • Victoria Health Facilities Development Corporation,
  • Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission,
  • Food Establishment Appeals Board
  • and the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation.

Halepaska also chaired the Charter Review Committee in 2012 that led to a successful Charter Election that same year. The City stated he was passionate about the park system and instrumental in helping the City secure water rights and prepare for the future by pushing for the establishment of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells.

Mayor Jeff Bauknight provided the following remarks during the Oct. 3 special city council meeting:

“[Having served] 15 years on council, he was very involved, particularly with water issues – securing water for Victoria and its future. He was passionate about it, calling me and others to consider off-channel reservoir interconnects, and ASR wells. He served on many boards and was a two-time mayor pro tem. He’ll be dearly missed.” – Mayor Jeff Bauknight

The Halepaska family welcomes the publicc to a visitation at Rosewood Funeral Chapel, 3304 E. Mockingbird Lane, to remember the life of TOm Halepaska. The visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 followed by a rosary recitation beginning at 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass will also take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, 1309 E. Mesquite Lane.