Lyons resigns from Seaside, Ore., City Council

<p>Raphael “Stubby” Lyons</p>

SEASIDE —Seaside City Councilor Rafael “Stubby” Lyons has resigned from his position on the council after serving the community for almost 14 years through parades, parks, podiums and more.

Lyons, who moved to Seaside in 1980 as a coach and teacher for Seaside High School, turned in his official letter of resignation last week. Although he plans to remain in Seaside, his resignation is effective immediately.

“I’m at a point in my life – I’m going to be 80 in September– and family matters have become very, very important to me,” Lyons said.

He was one of 10 children in his family, but only one sibling remains living: his sister in Idaho, whose husband died recently.

“I think it’s my duty to take care of her and help her get through this ordeal,” Lyons said. “… My sister is a person who’s by herself. She’s never had any kids, so that’s one of the things I want to watch out for.”

He said there also are “some things going on down at City Hall that I don’t want to be a part of.” He refrained from discussing his concerns. However, he was critical of the Visioning 2034 project that takes a look at Seaside’s future. Lyons said he didn’t think the city had time to spend on the project.

He said what he will miss most about serving on the City Council are his fellow councilors.

“Stubby was what I would call a right-hand man, all the time,” said Mayor Don Larson, who served with Lyons on the City Council for about 14 years. “He was always available to do something that I needed done.”

Lyons actively supported the city’s youth.

“I have an affinity for loving those kids and caring about those kids and taking care of them any chance I get,” Lyons said. “And I still do, and I hope that I still can.”

When the high school had trouble finding a football coach in 2008, Lyons took up the reins and resumed the position for a few years. Lyons started the Hall of Fame at the high school to honor alumni, supporters, coaches and championship-winning teams and athletes.

Last October, Lyons gave a $26,000 check to the city to pay off remaining costs on Broadway Field.

“He’s always there,” Larson said. “I just can’t say enough good about him.”

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