Flags in College Station are at half staff to honor a man who started and ended his career serving the City of College Station.
City Manager Frank Simpson died Saturday afternoon of a heart-attack while doing yard work at home. He was 49 years old.
"It's just crushing to have him gone," said David Coleman, director of Water Services for the City of College Station.
Simpson was appointed city manager in March, but he got his first job with the city 26 years ago, when he was a student at Texas A&M. Simpson started his career as a public utilities worker for the City of College Station.
"We had just had a conversation about his tenure, and he said 'We're staying here for the rest of our days'," said Kathy Merrill, interim city manager.
Before becoming city manager, Simpson was deputy city manager overseeing public works, water services, and the electric utility.
Simpson and his wife, Kelly, were married for 21 years. They had three children together; the youngest is 16 years old.
"He was loving to his family, dedicated to the city, a big time Aggie..." said Merrill.
"He was just personable, smart," added Coleman. "I think everybody on the staff felt like he was their best friend."
Simpson worked on many major projects for the city, including the renovation of Kyle Field and the development of the medical district.
"Especially with him having so much potential and being so young, it's just not something that you ever think about happening. We're going to miss him terribly," said Coleman.
Simpson's time as city manager may have been cut short, but his friends and colleagues say his memory and legacy will live on for years to come.
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