Recognition for various people devoted to Carson City parks and recreation, including youth sports, featured a special award for the late Marv Teixeira and his sons Tuesday.
The former mayor’s family was on hand as the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation held an awards and memorial ceremony at the monument on the east side of the former Pony Express Pavilion, now renamed by the Board of Supervisors the Marv Teixeira Pavilion.
The ceremony began with a moment of silence for Assemblyman Pete Livermore, a former city supervisor and another youth sports advocate, who died Monday.
Teixeira, who served a dozen years as mayor, and his sons Matt and the late Allen Teixeira were honored with the special recognition awards with remarks by Jo Saulisbury, the foundation’s vice chairwoman.
“Marv was a very special person,” she said. Saulisbury said the foundation began on Nov. 15, 1985. She said Livermore at one point served on the foundation board as well.
Saulisbury and David Bugli, foundation chairman, handled the afternoon ceremony attended by more than 50 residents. By their side was Robert Crowell, the current mayor.
The Teixeira accomplishments listed for each of the trio honored included various coaching, umpiring and related activities, including strong involvement in promoting and using Governors Field.
Donna Inversin, president of Muscle Powered, was recognized as volunteer of the year. Several among those gathered plastered signs on themselves with tape that said: “Thank you, Donna, for all the great hikes.”
She was recognized in part for overseeing programs called Easy Walk and Easy Bike.
Rex Jennings was recognized as volunteer of the years for about a dozen years of work at Lone Mountain Cemetery.
The organization of the year award went to Carson City’s Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee (RACC) for funding the LED sign at the Community Center, a shade structure and lighting for the Fairgrounds at Fuji Park, and part of funding for proposed signage outside that park and fairgrounds area. Lori Bagwell, RACC chairperson, was on hand to accept.
Steve Reynolds of Sign Pro also was on hand as the owner of Sign Pro, which was recognized for giving the Parks and Recreation Department hours of volunteer assistance and guidance on sign matters.
Presentation of names also being added to the memorial wall included Gary Beverage, Brenda R. Kizor-Ritter, Eugene Paslov and Jacki T. Montgomery. Beverage was an athlete at Carson High School and in the Navy. Kizor-Ritter was a psychotherapist. Paslov was an educator and served part of his career as Nevada’s state superintendent of education. Montgomery was a guitarist and musician.