The Jourdanton City Council voted to deny a memorial service for late Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator David Prasifka at the Jourdanton City Park at a special meeting on Monday, July 13, citing caution and Prasifka’s passion for halting the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams brought the topic in front of the council members, who wanted to err on the side of caution amid a rise in cases of the coronavirus and were open to having a memorial service at a later date. Williams motioned in favor of holding the memorial. Councilwoman Karen Pesek motioned to deny and was seconded by councilman Jack Harrison. Pesek’s motion passed unanimously, 4-0.
“I just think that in the best interest of this community and being that he was the person that promoted the social distancing and washing hands and all that, that we do not allow this to happen at this time,” Pesek said to Mayor Williams.
Harrison said, because of Prasifka’s work to limit the spread of COVID-19, he likely wouldn’t want the large gathering to take place during the current public health crisis.
“I really don’t think Mr. Prasifka would want this kind of celebration if there was a chance of spreading this COVID around,” Harrison told Mayor Williams.
The proposed service would’ve been held under the pavilion at the park and Mayor Williams said the City would loan four thermometers to check the temperatures of individuals attending the service. Williams clarified to Mayor Pro-Tem Chester Gonzales that the City of Jourdanton could not be held liable should someone contract COVID-19 at the service.
“I think, to honor him the best way is to hold off until everyone could come [together] in a safer place, speak about him, speak about everyone. I’m pretty sure he touched a lot of individuals in this county,” Gonzales said. “All of us are grieving at this time. Our grief is still gonna be there. We know when this time comes, we’ll be able to celebrate his life.”