I was out of town when I heard the news that Castaic Town Council member John Kunak had passed away from an apparent heart attack at the age of sixty-five. It was a shock and way too young for anyone to die. For as long as I can remember, Kunak had been involved in his community and volunteered countless hours to better the Castaic area. 

Kunak and I didn’t always agree completely on various issues, but I always respected his convictions and his support of his community. Like many, he was passionate about not only serving the Castaic and Val Verde neighborhoods but also pushing to improve it. He was an ever-present fixture when it came to looking out for his fellow residents. He deserves kudos for all his efforts.

I sometimes question whether volunteering in the community is worth it. There are some that just don’t care or others that come out of the woodwork to lambast you when something upsets them. I know Kunak had his fair share of grief from a few individuals that tried to force their own way on the majority. That is the stress that all volunteers and elected officials face— the bullies that do whatever they want regardless of decorum.

John Kunak always put a good face on it, but if he is like others, I know that those bullies erode the desire over time to stay involved. Yet, Kunak continued the good fight. I think that the entire Santa Clarita Valley communities owe him a debt of gratitude for his service. I hope that county sees fit in naming a neighborhood park or community facility after him as a way of thanking and remembering all his efforts on behalf of the community he so willingly served over the decades.

R.I.P. John Kunak and thank you.

Dave Bossert—Commentary

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on several boards and councils. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.