Memorial for San Clemente Mayor Steven Swartz will be held Thursday, May 30, at the pier

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SAN CLEMENTE — Mayor Steven Swartz, who died suddenly May 8, will be honored at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 during a public sunset memorial service at the pier.

The service will include an invocation by Rabbi Mendel Slavin of the Chabad Jewish Center of San Clemente and remarks from members of the City Council. Light appetizers will be provided by Fisherman’s Restaurant.

Swartz, 71, who was in his first term on the City Council, died while on vacation in Palm Springs.

Swartz had a successful bond underwriting business in town and had served for a decade on the city’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation Committee. He also was a member of the San Clemente Coastal Advisory Committee and had served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

In 2016, Swartz said he ran for City Council to help protect residents from reckless sober living homes that he said were bringing crime and drugs to San Clemente. He also campaigned for greater budget oversight, citing excessive attorney’s fees paid in lawsuits the city had faced.

Swartz is survived by his wife, Nikki, and son, Kyle.