Local leaders mourn sudden passing of Valley News executive

Community leaders throughout Southwest Riverside County reacted with shock and sadness to news of the death of Paul Bandong, longtime exec...

Community leaders throughout Southwest Riverside County reacted with shock and sadness to news of the death of Paul Bandong, longtime executive and reporter with the Valley News.

The sudden passing Sunday night of Bandong, 61, was announced by Julie Reeder, publisher of Reeder Media, which publishes the Valley News and sister publications covering Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee and cities throughout the area. He was a constant presence at local events and is being remembered by many for his commitment to local journalism and the communities he served.

"While Paul's official title was VP Sales and Marketing, he was always willing to do whatever was needed, and oftentimes could be found reporting on events or with a camera in his hand documenting events as they occurred," wrote the Valley News in the announcement on Monday. "We all know that Paul truly loved the communities he served and was happiest while reporting on the accomplishments of people doing great things locally, as well as students and student athletes."

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram was a close friend of Bandong and expressed his feelings in a Facebook post.

"Today is an extremely sad day," Ingram wrote. "It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. I love you, my Dear friend. RIP."

The Valley news quoted Murrieta City Councilman Rick Gibbs, who summed up the community's feelings about Bandong.

"The region lost a wonderful friend with Paul’s untimely passing," Gibbs said. "He was a gentleman who always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he came in contact with. His professional and personal demeanor were one and the same. Everyone was treated with respect, dignity, and warmth.

"I will always remember how many times over the years Paul came up to me with an outstretched hand and a polite inquiry about how I was doing. I think he was so good at what he did because you could just feel his sincerity in every conversation. If we all had a bit of Paul in our hearts, it would be a much better world. I know he is resting in peace within God’s light."

Bandong is survived by his wife Tammy and son Anthony. A fund has been set up to support his family. To donate to the Paul Bandong Fund, text "PAUL" to 951-900-3980.

(Photo credit: Valley News)


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  1. Paul was such a positive and enthusiastic ambassador for our community! Deepest sympathies to his family & loved ones.

  2. Paul will be greatly missed! Alway had a smile and sincerely interested in the community and working with others. He cared for others and willing to help out to get the job done. Prayers go out to his wife, Tammy and family members during this difficult time and loss of a wonderful person. Mary Lankamp

  3. I first met Paul at an awards ceremony at Bear Creek in 2014. I was completely out of my comfort zone and Paul invited us to sit at his table with Tammy his wife. Both of them made us, Kristina and I, feel like we were the most important people there. Ever since then we had been close friends. I just shared some taco's with him 3 weeks ago. He always was genuinely concerned about how life and my business was going. I already miss you my friend. Thank you for sharing a part of you with me- I learned a lot! Love to you Tammy and Anthony!



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