Former Democratic Party of Guam chairman Joaquin ‘Kin’ Perez has died. He was 73 years old.
Perez has a long record of service to the people and the government of Guam. He was the Chief of Staff for the Guam Legislature and for former Lt. Governor and Guam congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo.
He also served at the Port Authority, the Guam Power Authority and he was a member of the Guam Historic Preservation Review Board.
“Today, Josh and I lost a good and loyal friend, and our party lost one of its strongest voices,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero in a statement.
“As a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Kin touched everyone with wisdom and wit,” said the governor.
“Rest in Peace Kin Perez,” said Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas in a statement. “May divine grace welcome you into the eternal Kingdom.”
Democratic Party chairwoman Régine Biscoe Lee said: “Our hearts are heavy today and we join Uncle Kin’s family and loved ones in prayer.” Sen. Lee said, “Generations of public servants were made better because he was generous with his mentorship.”
Speaker Tina Muna Barnes said “the People of Guam today lost a staunch advocate of Democratic ideals and the CHamoru culture” adding that Perez “lived a life that was committed to public service.”