Guam – Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the passing of Land Management Director Monte Mafnas.
Mafnas has died following a long battle with cancer.
The governor’s office issued a statement hailing Mafnas as one of his most trusted advisers.
Governor Calvo praised Mafnas for his “creative mind and commitment to helping the poor and the landless”. He said Mafnas knew land issues like the back of his hand.
“Where others saw roadblocks and problems, he saw opportunity and solutions”, said the Governor. Governor Calvo also said that Mafnas never had an unkind thing to say about anyone. And he spent his life helping others.
“We will miss him dearly” said the Governor. He asked island residents to keep Mafnas and his family, in their thoughts and prayers.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.
READ the statement from the Governor’s Office below:
The following is a message from Governor Calvo on the passing of Cabinet member Monte Mafnas:
Monte Mafnas, Director of Land Management and my most trusted advisor on land issues, went home to our Maker and Creator following a fight with cancer.
Monte knew land issues like the back of his hand. Where others saw roadblocks and problems, he saw opportunity and solutions. His creative mind and commitment to helping the poor and the landless led to the administration’s land policies and programs. These policies and programs, all created by or carried out by Monte, are leading to the return of more ancestral lands, the leasing of more Chamorro Land Trust properties, partnerships to build affordable homes, and fairness in the distribution of property.
Monte was a proud member of our Calvo Tenorio family. He had a special way of inspiring all of us with his never-ending optimism, sense of duty, and can-do attitude. He worked all the time, even when he was in the hospital waiting for treatment, recovering from surgery, and without any ability to speak or walk. He never had an unkind thing to say about anyone. He spent his life helping others. We will miss him dearly.
We ask Guamanians to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for them.