UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 9:06pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — About one month into his new role as College Station's city manager, 49-year-old Frank Simpson, tragically passed away over the weekend from a heart attack.
"It was very challenging and it still is somewhat hard to believe," said Public works director and close friend, Chuck Gilman. "It's just tough, it's tough to think about."
Simpson was working outside in his yard just before 3:00 Saturday afternoon when he fell ill and went into cardiac arrest.
He was rushed to the College Station Med but pronounced dead shortly after arrival --- a huge shock to those who closely knew him.
"I just want to ask all the citizens to continue to pray for Frank's family and for the staff, you know, that we can move through this because most of us have never experienced anything like this," Kathy Merrill, interim city manager said.
While Simpson was only in the city manager's office for about a month, he's been with the city for the past two years as deputy city manager --- dedicating his life to public service.
"He was very passionate about his job," Gilman said. "One of his career goals was to come back here to College Station and always envisioned working back in the community and serving the public. He was very good at what he did and was very focused on public service."
Simpson leaves behind a wife and three children.
A public visitation for College Station City Manager Frank Simpson will be Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m. at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 2541 Earl Rudder Freeway. A rosary will follow the visitation.
A memorial service is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by a reception. The graveside service will be private.
College Station Mayor Nancy Berry has ordered the U.S. and Texas flags be flown at half staff at all city facilities through Wednesday after consulting with the Office of the Governor.