In Memoriam of Hank Panian

Henry “Hank” Panian was a Mesa Water Director from 1977 to 1998, and served as Board President from 1981- 1985 and 1989-1991. An admired Orange Coast College history professor for 34 years, a founding member of the Costa Mesa Historical Society, and a longtime community volunteer, Mr. Panian passed away July 14 at age 89.

panianIn his leadership role, Panian guided Mesa Water through great advancements including building two reservoirs, creating Master Plans, and developing the Mesa Water Reliability Facility (previously called the Colored Water Treatment Facility).

Described as a humble man of boundless curiosity with a deep passion for his community, Hank received many awards and recognitions, including Mesa Water’s Lifetime Water Achievement Award and a designation as Professor Emeritus of our Water Issues Study Group, a water education program for adults that he taught for 30 consecutive years.