ECTOR COUNTY – NewsWest 9 has learned that Precinct 1 County Commissioner Freddie Gardner passed away on Monday night after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Prior to being elected Commissioner, Gardner was a fireman for 36 years with the Odessa Fire Department. He finished his career with the Odessa Fire Department as an Assistant Fire Chief serving from 1988 to 1995.
As a Commissioner, Freddie Gardner was instrumental in the construction of the new Westside Senior Center, improvements to Kellus Turner Park, began the "Adopt a County Road" program, assisted in the creation of the West Odessa Water Supply Corporation and securing numerous grants to bring water to the businesses and residents of West Odessa. He also was active with Keep Odessa Beautiful, the Odessa Downtown Lions Club and MOTRAN.
Gardner was the 2012 recipient of the Everett Berry Award for Distinguished Service to Ector County and the 2011 Official of the Year for the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association. He served on numerous other professional and community boards.
He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Patsy Gardner, three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Gardner will be on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.