Former Cypress Mayor Otto Lacayo passes away

Former Mayor and Council Member from the City of Cypress Otto Lacayo. Courtesy photo

Otto J. Lacayo, one of the longest-serving Mayors/Council members in the city of Cypress has passed away this week.

Lacayo served on the Cypress City Council from 1970 until 1986, several numerous terms as Mayor during his service to the city.

In addition, Lacayo served on a variety of appointed and elected posts, including as a trustee for the North Orange County Community College District.

In a Facebook post, his son Cary said “he was in the right place at the right time moving to Cypress when I was baby boy. He quickly got involved with the city of Cypress to make it thrive and become an awesome town to live in. He worked hard to bring business and commerce to the city. I now live near Cypress and drove down Katella the other day and saw the Yamaha building and others that he helped start in the 70s.”

“So many great stories to tell about him, which make me smile every time,” he said.
Cypress Mayor Anne Hertz issued a statement on behalf of the city.

“Cypress has lost a friend and a champion in former Mayor Otto Lacayo. His many years of service helped create this wonderful community for residents and local businesses. The impact Mayor Lacayo had on our community will be recognized for generations to come. The City of Cypress mourns his loss and sends condolences to the Lacayo family,” she said in the statement. The ENE will have additional information next week.