Longtime lawmaker Frank Weddig dies at 67

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AURORA | Longtime Aurora and state lawmaker Frank Weddig died Friday night, according to a family spokeswoman. He was 67.

Nancy Jackson, an Arapahoe County Commissioner with Weddig, said Weddig died Friday surrounded by family. Earlier this year Weddig had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

After having an career of public service in Aurora and Colorado that spanned more than three decades, Weddig, an electrician retired from government service in January.

Weddig last represented the county’s District 5. He had served as Arapahoe County Commissioner since January 2005. Prior to his Arapahoe County post, he was an Aurora City Council member and served in both the State House and the State Senate as a Democrat.

He moved to Aurora in 1971 and joined the city council in 1977.

During his term as County Commissioner, Weddig helped shepherd the opening of the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Events Center and the return of the Arapahoe County Fair in 2006. He helped oversee the completion of a $13.8 million project that addressed the space needs for the courts, celebrated the 2008 grand opening of the Eastern Service Center in Byers, and approved a variety of projects that provided citizens with improved parks and trails, as well as protected 18,000 acres of open space throughout Arapahoe County, according to county officials.

As a city councilman and state lawmaker, he focused on how legislation would affect average families. He worked extensively on agreements with Denver to build DIA.

Weddig served in the US Air Force . He was born in Wisconsin and survived by his wife, Pat, three daughters, Francis, Pam and Trice, and several grandchildren.

Services have not yet been announced.

 

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Morgan Carroll
Morgan Carroll
9 years ago

Frank Weddig gave so much to our community and was a friend to all who met and knew him. He will be profoundly missed.

Andrew H. Johnson
Andrew H. Johnson
9 years ago

I appreciated Frank’s good, clean campaign 4 years ago when we were opponents in the County Commissioner race. He was kind and professional in all our candidate meetings and forums. Thank you, Frank.

Bill Holen
Bill Holen
9 years ago

Frank’s passing has left a profound void in the our hearts and our community. .His public service as a City Council member, state legislator, and county commissioner has left a incredible legacy that has touched the lives of so many Coloradans. He will be forever remembered as a friend, community leader and a true public servant.
Frank – we will miss you.
Bill and Debi Holen

John Buckley
John Buckley
9 years ago

Frank Weddig was a true gentleman and dedicated public servant.

Details for his memorial:

Visitation – Thursday, November 01, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Newcomer Family Funeral Home – East Metro Chapel
190 Potomac Street
Aurora, CO 80011

Funeral Service – Friday, November 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM
St. Pius X, Catholic Church, 13670 E. 13th Place, Aurora, CO 80011

Interment: Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80235

Bob Roth
Bob Roth
9 years ago

Although I don’t have the same history with Frank that many others did, on the numerous opportunities that I had to interact with him the past 3 years, Frank always had a smile and was a true gentleman. In addition, in my career in the electrical industry, I have heard for years about Frank’s reputation. He is still admired throughout the construction industry as “one of the guys” who also made a difference in the political arena.

Su Ryden
Su Ryden
9 years ago

Frank was my mentor and friend. Together with Pat, a true pillar of the community. He leaves a void no one can fill, but we can keep his memory alive by emulating the kindness and grace he demonstrated in all his words and deeds.

Carol Miller
Carol Miller
9 years ago

How sad I am that Frank is gone. Everyone who knew him will miss him . . my thoughts go out to Pat, his children and grand children. . It looks as if everyone who knew him liked him and no one had a bad word to say about him.