It is with deep sorrow that the City of Yorba Linda announces the passing of former Yorba Linda Mayor and longtime Council Member, The Honorable Henry “Hank” Wedaa, at the age of 95.
A Yorba Linda resident for over 50 years, Hank served on the Yorba Linda City Council for a total of twenty-nine years, with his initial service from 1970 through 1994. He was subsequently re-elected to serve from 1996 through 2000. In 2007, he was elected once again in a Special Election to fill an unexpired seat, which he occupied until the end of the term in 2008. During his years on the City Council, he served as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem on five occasions each.
As a City Council Member, Hank was a champion for quality of life in Yorba Linda and represented the City Council on numerous Committees, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, and the Southern California Association of Governments Aviation Work Program Committee.
During his tenure, many iconic projects were approved and came to fruition throughout Yorba Linda, including the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the SAVI Ranch Retail Center, the Yorba Linda Community Center, the Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch House Museum, Black Gold Golf Club, the Kerrigan Ranch residential community, and a dozen City parks. He also successfully opposed the impending development of the Chino Hills Airport.
A true patriot, Hank served in the United States Army Air Force as a bombardier during World War II, flying over 30 missions over Germany; his excellence in the Air Force earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired as a Captain in the Air Force Reserves. His military memorabilia is on display at the March Air Reserve Base.
Professionally, Hank was a consultant specializing in environmental studies, air quality issues, transportation issues, intergovernmental relations, fossil power plant emissions, fuel cells, hydrogen production and usage, and new technology business activities. He was a renowned advocate for clean air and alternative energy issues, supporting the use of clean fuels to reduce emissions.
Of Hank’s longtime service to the community, Mayor Tara Campbell stated, “Hank’s contributions to Yorba Linda over the years are immeasurable. We are so thankful Hank called Yorba Linda home for all these years.”
Hank is survived by his wife and four children. He will be greatly missed by the community he served with such dedication.