Hundreds Honor Late Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Moller
Hundreds of people are paying their respects to the late Rancho Mirage Mayor Pro Tem, Gordon Moller.
Both a city and a business leader, Moller is remembered as a loving, giving man.
Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Moller was 73 when he died of natural causes Monday at Eisenhower Medical Center.
He served on the city council since 2006, was mayor in 2009 and was scheduled to be mayor again next year.
"Taps" rang through the chapel, honoring the military service of Gordon Moller.
Applause to honor everything Moller did for Rancho Mirage and the community.
"We love you Gordie," chorused the crowd.
The flag of the United States and the city of Rancho Mirage were presented to Moller's partner of 42 years, Charles Townsend.
"The love and the kindness that he had really, and as you can see by what happened here today that he was really well loved and respected, and the turnout was, I'm amazed, but it shows what kind of a man he was," said Townsend.
Townsend and Moller co-owned Charles Townsend Collection in Rancho Mirage.
In 2006, he began serving the city of Rancho Mirage.
Moller is remembered as a genuine, honest, loving leader.
"Anybody who knew Gordon, anybody who was in government who knew him, could do very well by examining the qualities that he had, and trying to emulate as many of them as possible," said Rancho Mirage Councilmember, Dana Hobart.
The flags fly at half mast at city hall for Moller.
"Gordon was wonderful, he was a good friend, wonderful sense of humor, he was just funny, and he never took himself too seriously, and reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously, and I think I will always remember that about Gordon," said Rancho Mirage Mayor, Scott Hines.
Moller leaves behind many memories for his partner, his friends and colleagues and the community.
Gordon Moller served many charities.
Donations in his memory can be made to Shelter from the Storm, the Desert AIDS Project and the AIDS Assistance Program.