Former Bryan Mayor Lonnie Stabler lost his battle with cancer and passed away early Monday morning.
Stabler was mayor of Bryan from May 1995 until May 2001.
He also served on the city council from May 1991 until May 1995.
The City of Bryan made great progress under Mayor Stabler's leadership and vision. During his tenure as Mayor, the LaSalle Hotel was purchased and renovated to serve as an anchor and catalyst to downtown redevelopment. Mayor Stabler had the original vision to later sell the hotel after it had served its purpose of helping to jump start downtown redevelopment. During his leadership, the City partnered with private developers to bring the Traditions development to Bryan. Other major accomplishments during his tenure with the City were the Carnegie Library rehabilitation project, the adoption of the Downtown Master Plan, the launch of the downtown façade grant program, the donation of the old city hall building to the Children's Museum, the Neal Recreation Center project, the Austin's Colony residential development, and numerous other projects that have benefited the citizens and businesses of the community. While Stabler served on the City Council, the City also underwent an extensive Charter review process, resulting in the current election plan where five Councilmembers are elected from single member districts.
Some of the other boards Stabler served on include the BTU board, Board of Sign Control and Appeals, Brazos Animal Shelter Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Brazos County Public Health Board, Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency, and the Texas Municipal Power Agency.
Mayor Jason Bienksi said about Stabler, "The City of Bryan and the entire community have lost a true public servant. Mayor Stabler always put the betterment of the City before his own needs. He brought tremendous business acumen to the City Council and was hugely instrumental in bringing about a renewed business interest in downtown Bryan, in particular. He will be sorely missed. I ask that all citizens join me in extending our sincere sympathy and thanks for his service to his family."
Funeral services for Mayor Stabler will be held Thursday, December 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1991 FM 158, College Station. Interment will follow at the Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 4, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street, Bryan.