Gary Lasater makes it clear that he has no plans to leave his community anytime soon.
The councilmember vacated his seat Dec. 17 knowing that he has accomplished more for his town than can be expected from one person. He has served as a champion for Parker’s rich history and, as mayor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, presided over a period of tremendous economic and physical growth that many did not see coming.
All the while, Lasater says he strived to “maintain a hometown feel, a true sense of community, and I know we have achieved this.”
Having served in some leadership capacity in Parker for the last 17 years, Lasater can rattle off a list of projects in which he has been involved, from new roads and open space acquisitions to the development of the Parker Fieldhouse and the new Parker police station. One of his most notable missions was the development of Preservation Park, a dedicated space just north of the Cottonwood community “where our historic buildings can be saved instead of falling to the wrecking ball.”
Lasater is known by local movers and shakers as the decision-maker who lends a golden voice to endearingly long-winded dialogues. He is never seen without a beard or slicked-back hair, but is often seen driving around town in his cherry red 1963 Datsun 1500 Fairlady Roadster.
Lasater says he feels an enormous sense of pride in his community, and will continue to represent its interests as the director for Regional Transportation District G.
“I am not leaving my hometown, only expanding my horizons to work to improve public transportation in Parker and the region,” he says. “This will help us all with a better metro community and economically strong base, one of the best cities in the West.”
Lasater said he is confident that the new Parker council and mayor “have the right heart” to lead the town in the proper direction.