Tributes pour in as island leaders mourn former Inalahan mayor Doris Flores Lujan

Former Inalahan mayor Doris Flores Lujan. (MCOG photo)

The Mayors’ Council of Guam has received notice that former Inalahan Mayor Doris Flores Lujan passed away early Wednesday morning.

Former Mayor Lujan served the municipality of Inalahan from January 2013 to January 2021.

The MCOG members are offering their sincerest condolences to the family of their former colleague.

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio issue the following statements on the passing of former Inalåhan Mayor Doris Flores Lujan:

“We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of former Inalåhan Mayor Doris Flores Lujan, who leaves behind a long history of public service and a legacy of leadership,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “As the first and only woman elected to lead Inalåhan, Mayor Lujan was a tireless advocate for the quality of life for our southern community. She often inspired others in our government to ‘share the wealth down south’ and united southern leaders in protecting access to proper waste disposal and improving aging infrastructure.”

“Mayor Lujan was staunchly committed to serving our island and even after 42 years of federal service, she dedicated her twilight years to supporting the availability of government services in the south, especially for our manåmko’, veterans and people with disabilities,” added Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “Her contributions to our people will live on in the preservation of Inalåhan’s historic places, which under her leadership, advanced the restoration and rehabilitation of the village’s boat ramp, bridges, heritage homes, and the repair of the Malojloj Highway.”

Speaker Therese Terlaje issued the following statement on the passing of former Inalåhan Mayor Doris Flores Lujan:

“Our island and the village of Inalåhan have lost a dedicated public servant, one who devoted her entire life to civil service and her village. Mayor Doris Flores Lujan advocated for the residents of Inalåhan, successfully fought against illegal dumping, brought much needed senior services closer to home to assist many of our families in the south, and established lasting investments in cultural preservation and infrastructure for the children of Inalåhan.

On behalf of the 36th Guam Legislature, our condolences go out to the family of Mayor Lujan, the residents of Inalåhan, and to all those who knew her, worked with her, and were inspired by her.”

Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Chair of the Committee on Municipal Affairs and Oversight Chairman of the Mayors Council, issued the following statement on the passing of former Inalåhan Mayor Doris Flores Lujan:

“Doris Flores Lujan was a dedicated public servant who loved her family and her beloved village of Inalåhan. She could have just retired after several decades of federal service, but Mayor Doris ran for mayor because her passion was public service and she wanted to give back to her community. She was instrumental in preserving the culture of her village, preserving the CHamoru language, and providing services for manåmko’, in the honorable spirit of our culture and heritage.

Na’ fan måhgong na taihinekkok minahgong-ñiha, Asaina yan i ti mamatai na mina’lak u fan inina. Ya u fañåga gi minahgong. Taiguennao mohon.”

The Democratic Party of Guam also issued the following statement:

“The Democratic Party of Guam joins our island in mourning the loss of Former Mayor Doris Flores Lujan of Inalåhan. Mayor Lujan was a lifelong public servant; she played an integral role in Guam’s recovery from Super Typhoon Pamela, as well as the evacuation of refugees from Vietnam in “Operation New Life” in 1975, Department of Defense civilian employees and their dependents from the Philippines in “Operation Fiery Vigil” in 1990 and the Iraqi Kurds in “Operation Pacific Haven” in 1996.

“After receiving numerous commendations for her service with the Andersen Air Force Base during her 42 years of distinguished service as a civil servant, Doris ran for Mayor of Inalåhan. During her tenure as Mayor, she advocated for the entire southern region of Guam by ensuring that Senior Services were more accessible to our island’s manåmko’ living in the south. Mayor Lujan served the village of Inalåhan proudly from January 2013-January 2021. Mayor Lujan also devoted her time supporting nonprofit and volunteer organizations and events such as the Guam-Micronesian Games, Festival of the Pacific Arts, Guam Special Olympics, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Guam Jungle Bell 4K Run and Walk, and World Aids Day.

“Anyone who knew Mayor Doris can agree that the People of Guam lost a great champion today. Her work ethic and passion for our island is something that will be deeply missed. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the People of Inalåhan,” stated Democratic Party of Guam Chairwoman Sarah Thomas Nededog.”