DES MOINES – The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa has expressed its sympathy over the death of former State Director Gilbert “GG” Sierra Sr.
Sierra, who was 66, died recently after a battle with cancer. He was the first Hispanic elected to the Davenport City Council and was immediate past state director of LULAC of Iowa. He led the state council for 13 years and served on the national LULAC board.
“We are extremely saddened by the loss of a man who was truly kind-hearted and always put others above himself,” said Joe Enriquez Henry, the state director of LULAC of Iowa. “GG will be missed by many in our community.”
Sierra served one term on the City Council, but stayed active in the Latino community and on issues that included civil rights, the environment and workers’ rights.
While he served on the city council, he fasted for a week to draw attention to the Cesar Chavez-led boycott of California table grapes. Chavez was protesting use of pesticides. Sierra lost 20 pounds.
Michael Reyes, deputy state director for LULAC of Iowa and president of Council 10 in Davenport, said Sierra wasn’t afraid to stand up for his beliefs. He opposed state legislation in 2002 that made English the official language of Iowa.
“He was a very special and unique person to our organization,” Reyes said. “He was a good friend and supporter of LULAC. He will be missed.”
After the passing of Mr. Sierra his wife of 47 years Sue Sierra fell ill and had to be taken to the hospital. The morning of Tuesday November 18 she passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sierra family.
Here are some of the comments people are sharing on the Hola America News Facebook Page
A warrior and committed family man! He will be truly missed. God bless his family in this time of healing.
GG was one of my classmates from 2nd grade through high school. In 2nd grade Show Share and Tell he entertained our class in full attire, an unforgettable performance of the Mexican Hat Dance! Rest in peace GG.
GG was wonderful. We will never forget the days he guided us through Leon and Guanajuato. RIP.
GG!!!! RIP!! You are and always be the Man who stood with pride to defend our Pueblo!
GG was one of a kind may he rest in piece He will be remembered by many
Grocery shopping will not be the same without him posted at HyVee’s door collecting for Salvation Army. He was relentless regardless of the weather. I don’t think he ever missed a day. God Bless, I will miss our shopping trip chats.
From everyone at Radio KALA 88.5, we express our condolences to the family and friends of GG Sierra. He was always there with a smile, and that unforgettable “grito.”
It was an honor knowing such an unrelenting voice for justice, RIP.
Gabriel De la Cerda
RIP, he will be missed
Deacon Guillermo Treviño Jr.
GG thank you for your friendship and for being yourself.