Russell E. Blewett

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Russell E. Blewett served as mayor in California for almost eight years. He passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2018, while still in office in Hesperia. Those who worked with him said his main goal in life was to help people.

Blewett was born on April 9, 1944, in Covina, California, and lived in Baldwin Park for most of his life. He also lived in Upland with his wife, Suzie, for 25 years. He attended Mt. San Antonio Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside. He later obtained a master’s degree in business from the University of Redlands.

He was California’s youngest mayor in 1972 for the city of Baldwin Park. He served there in 1972–1973 and again in 1977–1978. After moving to Hesperia, he served on the city council in 2010. He served as mayor in 2011-2012 and was elected again in 2018.

Blewett was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.