Westminster Mayor Elden F. Gillespie, who served the city in various capacities for 23 years, died of a heart attack Saturday, authorities said. He was 71.
Gillespie, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer since October, was taken from his home to Fountain Valley Hospital where he died at 12:41 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and a daughter, Lynn.
The family said funeral arrangements were not yet complete.
Gillespie became Westminster's first elected mayor in November, 1986. His term was to expire this November. City officials said it had not been decided how or when to fill the position.
Fixture in City Politics
Gillespie, a chemical processing consultant who retired from Atlantic Richfield Co. in 1976 after 40 years of service, had been a fixture in Westminster politics since the 1960s. He served more than 12 years on the City Council and two terms as appointed mayor.