Raymond Lerma Memorial Update
By Corcoran City Manager Greg Gatzka
This coming January will mark four years since the unexpected passing of former Corcoran city council member and educator Raymond Lerma. Undoubtedly, his contributions touched the lives of many throughout this community. It was that love and appreciation in the community for Mr. Lerma that became impassioned pleas to our City Council asking to preserve and make a lasting memorial in his honor. On October 21, 2021, the Corcoran City Council formed the Raymond Lerma Ad Hoc Committee. This committee, made up of Maricela Lerma, Mary Gonzalez-Gomez, Aldo Garcia, Jeanette Zamora-Bragg, and Joe Faulkner, was tasked with making recommendations to the Council on a fitting memorial for Mr. Lerma. On April 12, 2022, the committee made the recommendation to have a life sized half bust statue and historical plaques made and placed at Gateway Park.
Now, thanks to the diligent work of the City’s Ad Hoc Committee, family members, and support from the Corcoran City Council and staff, a lasting monument is ready to become a reality. After many months of working with the sculptor and having detailed progress reviews by the committee and family members to refine the artwork, the statue and plaques are now finished and have been delivered to the City. A huge thank you to Lola Lerma for all the photos, support, and input to refine the artwork. Work is now underway to fabricate all the necessary mounting hardware. All in time for a festive celebration and unveiling that the Lerma family is planning for on March 16, 2024, at Gateway Park. So definitely save the date for this next exciting Raymond Lerma legacy memorial art addition to Corcoran’s Gateway Park.