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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Community members came together Sunday to mourn the death of a former Del Mar mayor killed in a tragic accident.

Lou Terrell died Friday after getting hit by a train while trying to protect his dog.

The size of the crowd summed it up, Lou Terrell is deeply missed.

"He was a happy wonderful man, engaged in everything that he was involved in, and I'll really miss him," resident Karen Lockwood said.

Patrick Vergne is the chief lifeguard for Del Mar and said Terrell was truly a man of the people.

"Absolute loss for the community, you can't even put words behind it," Vergne said. "Wonderful human being, always cared about his community, cared about his people, was always there when you needed something. Would walk the streets, meet the people."

The former mayor died on Friday. Investigators say he was walking his dog off leash near the 100 block of 11th Street in Del Mar, when a train approached.

He tried to prevent his dog from getting hit and was hit instead.

"Gonna be greatly missed, tragic accident you know making sure his dog survived, he lost his life," District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts said.

"Most people identify their pets as children. Especially when the children leave the nest, so it's a real tragedy. He loved his dogs, just absolutely loved them," former Mayor of Del Mar Dave Druker said.

Terrell was a community activist, served on the city council, and was mayor of Del Mar from 81-82. Fellow politicians were quick to point out that Terrell had a hand in making Del Mar the town it is today.

"Lou was a real gentleman. Very responsible, just always had good opinions about making sure Del Mar was preserved as it is today," Druker said.

"You know 30 years ago he planned to really help the city of Del Mar have this wonderful foundation for community events for generations to come," Roberts said.

People said Terrell had an infectious smile. One that made him a good politician, but more importantly a good friend. It's a smile that won't be forgotten in Del Mar.

"Wonderful human being, always cared about his community, cared about his people," Vergne said.

Terrell was 75. The former mayor also held leadership positions with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

He was also a retired SDSU professor. A scholarship that bares his name goes to help students majoring in political science.

 

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