Former Mayor Earl Sawyer Passes Away
Earl Sawyer, who served on the Schertz City Council for 20 years including 12 as mayor, passed away Wednesday, May 23. He was born on October 3, 1929.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 27, from 5:00-9:00 PM at Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 FM 3009. A 10:00 AM funeral Mass will celebrated on Monday, May 28, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1065 East Live Oak Road. Interment will be at 9:45 AM Tuesday, June 5 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, c/o Schertz Bank and Trust, 519 Main Street, Schertz, Texas 78154.
Sawyer was the second mayor the city has lost in less than two months. Mayor Hal Baldwin died April 6 and was posthumously re-elected to a 10th term on May 12. His replacement is expected to be chosen in the November election.
Baldwin succeeded Sawyer as mayor in 1994 and the two men occupied the mayor’s chair for most of the 30 year period between 1982 and 2012.
Former Mayor Sawyer served as a councilman from 1977 to 1982 and then again from 1995 to 1997 and was mayor in between. He also was on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1972 to 1977 and in 1975 was a member of the Schertz Police Volunteer Reserve Force.
A native of Pleasantville, N.J., Sawyer moved to Schertz in 1963 when Schertz was “just a small, dinky town,” he said in a 2009 Schertz Magazine story.
“When I moved here, the population was about 1,500. Now it’s about 30, 000,” he said.
Politics never was his ambition, but during the mid-1970s when he was asked to step in for a councilwoman who was unable to fulfill her duties, Sawyer agreed because of his interest in doing his part to help his beloved city.
In 1982, Sawyer decided to run for mayor so he could be instrumental in helping Schertz expand and prosper.
“I felt there needed to be a change, and (city government) needed to pay attention to what citizens wanted and how they felt about living here,” he said in a 2009 story in Schertz Magazine.
Of all his accomplishments while in public service, Sawyer says he is especially proud of the opening of the Schertz Public Library in 1978. He remembers, as a councilman, attending the first meeting that was held by a group of citizens to discuss the idea of a library.
Sawyer joined the Air Force at age 18. After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, the young airman eventually was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver. His next assignment was Chanute AFB in Illinois, then Japan and then Korea during the Korean War.
Sawyer fought that war as a machinist for the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, fixing and repairing parts for fighter airplanes. He came to Randolph AFB in 1963 and then settled in Schertz.
He was active with the Knights of Columbus, the Schertz Historical Commission and the Schertz Housing Authority, where he has been a board member for 12 years.