The Stephenville ISD board of trustees honored a fallen friend and fellow school board member Dr. Rob Bashaw during Monday night’s meeting.

Tears fell as the board recalled a man with a mission - one who worked to make Stephenville and the school district a better place.

In recognition of his selfless service to the school board and community, the board presented Bashaw’s wife of 27 years, Holly, and daughter, Hannah, with a plaque honoring his memory.

Following the presentation, the board met in closed session to discuss options for filling Bashaw’s unexpired term.

Board President Dr. Ann Calahan said the board had three options to consider. The board could choose to leave the seat vacant or appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the term expires, or the board could choose to hold a special election to fill the seat.

Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said to honor Bashaw, the board unanimously voted to leave the seat open until the end of his term, which expires in May. An election will be held at that time to fill the seat.

Bashaw was elected to the SISD board in 2000 and was also a vital part of Stephenville through his medical career and community involvement. He served as an anesthesiologist at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital and more recently worked at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic.

Bashaw died Oct. 25 following a motorcycle accident. The death shook local residents who remember him as a devoted husband and father,  and man with a strong Christian faith who always took time to pray for and with his fellow man.