Condolences pour in after sudden death of County Commissioner Paul Elizondo

By Julie Moreno - Executive Producer/Social Media

SAN ANTONIO - Condolences are pouring in for longtime county commissioner Paul Elizondo, who passed away suddenly Thursday morning.


Elizondo served on the Bexar County Commissioners Court for 32 years.


Paul was my dearest friend. Over 17 years, we forged a strong partnership on the commissioners court. His life’s work will leave a lasting impact on our community. I will miss him terribly.

- Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff

"For over a generation, Paul Elizondo was an icon of the West Side and a force in Bexar County government and politics. His influence will be felt for decades to come. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

- Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Commissioner Elizondo’s passing is saddening to hear.  He has been a friend and a mentor to many. His institutional wealth of knowledge of the county will be sorely missed, along with his antidote of humor and wittiness, that I will miss the most.   

- Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez

A life lived in the service of others is a life well lived. Nobody personified that more than Commissioner Paul Elizondo. His career in the military, as an educator, and as an elected official spanned decades and placed service to his community before all else.

- Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar

Commissioner Paul Elizondo was a champion for our veterans, his constituents, and Bexar County. He was also a mentor and friend, and I will miss him very much.

- Commissioner Kevin Wolff

I want to ask everyone to please say a prayer for Commissioner Elizondo’s, family, friends, staff and community.  As the dean of Commissioners Court his passing is a huge loss with over 60 years of public service from the time he was a Marine to today.  His institutional knowledge is legendary and will be missed. I am comforted to know our last conversation was jovial as he told me about his days in the Texas Legislature. My sincerest condolences to the family and to his constituents who he so proudly served.

- Commissioner Tommy Calvert

On behalf of our 1,400 members and the leadership of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, Precinct 2.

We at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, while at a loss for words, are proud of Commissioner Elizondo’s legacy of service, not just in Precinct 2, but in Bexar County and beyond as a leader and champion for education, healthcare, environment and natural resources, veterans, and business growth and retention. 

He was a fighter for what he believed in, such as equity in service and providing the opportunities for community betterment. 

Semper Fi, Commissioner. We salute you.

- San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Statement 

Commissioner Paul Elizondo was my mentor and friend.  His wealth of knowledge about the County and the inner workings of government were invaluable to me.  I will miss his passion, dedication, and most of all, his friendship.   

- County Manager David Smith

With a long life of commitment to Bexar County families, Paul earned having his name inscribed on the Justice Center Tower. He combined the feisty toughness of a Marine vet, the insights of a teacher, and the good humor and joy of a sax player in his legendary orchestra. As a personal friend since our work together decades ago in the Texas Legislature, I am saddened by his sudden passing. Let's remember Paul by renewing our own commitment to continue building a community that advances opportunity for all.

- U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-35th District)

I am deeply saddened at the passing of County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, he was a pillar of San Antonio's Westside community and a steadfast advocate for our City and our County.

He was a personal friend, an icon of San Antonio politics and a guiding presence during our City and County's recent economic surge. 

His passing is untimely, as he and I were actively working on several District 5 initiatives such as the West Commerce Street Gateway and opioid crises intervention.

There are many people in our community who will fondly remember him and his orchestra playing at their wedding receptions or daughter's quinceanera.

Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Elizondo family. We will all do well to remember and emulate his true and dedicated service to our community.

I will miss him greatly.

- District 5 City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and constituents of Paul Elizondo during this difficult time. Today, the city of San Antonio and Bexar County has lost a true leader.
He leaves behind a legacy of music, military service and will be always remembered as an exemplary public servant throughout his 32 years of service as Bexar County Commissioner.

- District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran

My deepest condolences go out to the Elizondo family during this time. San Antonio has lost a deeply caring and thoughtful individual in County Commissioner Paul Elizondo.
I am grateful to Commissioner Elizondo for his help on many issues; his extensive military and public service record; but above all, I am grateful for his friendship.
Commissioner Elizondo's legacy will live on, and continue to have a positive impact on the residents of San Antonio for generations to come.

- District 1 City Councilman Roberto Trevino

My deepest condolonces go out to the family of Commissioner Paul Elizondo during this difficult time. Commissioner Elizondo has been a force in Bexar County government and our community for decades and his impact and knowledge will be sorely missed. His legacy will live on for generations through his family and his countless accomplishments across Bexar County. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues as they celebrate his life and his legacy.

- District 6 City Councilman Greg Brockhouse

Today our community lost an icon with the passing of Commissioner Paul Elizondo.  He was a true public servant who embodied a passion for the continued prosperity of our community. Thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

The San Antonio Public Library has a longstanding relationship with Bexar County through an Interlocal agreement to provide library services to all county residents. 

- San Antonio Library Board of Trustees Chair Paul Stahl

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