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Double Oak plans to honor Pidcock

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

Nearly four months have passed since Double Oak’s Mayor Tom Pidcock died from complications associated with lung cancer.

Town officials are now discussing ways to honor Pidcock who was also a husband, father and grandfather. After his death, town officials and residents said Pidcock was a selfless servant to the community and its residents.

The decision to consider ideas on ways to honor Pidcock has been a reoccurring agenda item for the Town Council for several meetings.

During the council’s last meeting, members discussed ways to honor Pidcock, and Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Donnelly said the council is making progress.

“The council has not madea final decision yet, but is getting closer,” Donnelly said. “We really wanted to take time and get input from our residents and respect for the Pidcock family.”

Town officials have also formed a committee to work on the project. Council member Steve Durbin was charged to form and lead the committee.

Durbin said some of the ideas to honor Pidcock included naming a local pavilion after him, or installing a flagpole with a granite base and a plaque with an inscription. If approved, the local Boy Scouts have volunteered to design the flagpole area.

The flagpole suggestion seemed to be well received by the council and Pidcock’s family, Durbin said. Since Pidcock’s passing, town officials have worked on paying respect to the Pidcock family by working with them on developing a memorial.

“We have taken citizen input at past council meetings and by conversation contact with residents and family,” Donnelly said.

The town also invited the Pidcock family to take part in this year’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 4.

For about 15 years, Pidcock had served on and off as a Double Oak elected official. He was elected to the council for multiple terms, and in 2011, he was elected mayor.

Pidcock died at age 72. Town officials said Pidcock was defined by his selfless acts and ability to work well with everyone he met.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is .