AUBREY — The Aubrey school board took a moment at its meeting this week to remember trustee John Brogdon and the impact he made on the district.
Brogdon, who joined the school board in 2010, died Sept. 4. He was 63.
Board President Ron Bullock described Brogdon as an “outstanding individual.”
“It’s a huge loss. Not only was he a valued board member, but I considered him a personal friend,” Bullock said. “It’s going to be extremely hard not having him here, and we’re all extremely saddened. He was extremely dedicated to the kids and will be missed.”
School trustees will soon look to fill Brogdon’s vacant seat on the school board. According to the state education code, a school board has 180 days from the time a seat becomes vacant to fill the seat, either by appointing someone until the next board election or by calling a special election.
Brogdon was active in youth sports, having previously served as president of the Aubrey Youth Sports Association.
He coached board member Marcus Pierce’s two older sons in baseball. Pierce, who works in construction, met Brogdon about 15 years ago. Pierce said they first met while he was doing work at Brogdon’s home.
He described Brogdon as “always eager to help and a very good friend.” Pierce said Brogdon also was the “oldest 9-year-old” he knew. He loved children and had a way of communicating with them and anyone he encountered, Pierce said.
At board meetings, Pierce said Brogdon could often be heard asking if what was being considered was best for the children.
“I get choked up just thinking about it,” Pierce said. “For school business, he always had an open heart. He always did what’s best for the children.
“If it was best for the children, that’s what he was all about. That’s what he would definitely want to be remembered for.”
Brogdon’s funeral service was held Sunday in Aubrey, and he was laid to rest Monday in Canyon.
He is survived by his wife, Brandi, three children and two grandchildren.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.