Friends and colleagues are mourning the death last week of Zearing City Councilman Scott Frank.
Frank, who served on the Zearing City Council for eight years, died Tuesday at his home of an apparent suicide, Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald said.
The investigation into Frank’s death is continuing, Fitzgerald said.
Fellow city councilman Rick Good referred to Frank as an “all-around nice guy.” Both Good and Frank were up for re-election this year. Good said Frank had expressed his intentions to run for re-election.
Frank served on the Zearing Days committee, and was “very instrumental” in organizing the town’s annual summer festival, according to Marchele Soe, Zearing city hall clerk.
“He seemed like a very caring and kind person whenever I’ve interacted with him,” Soe said.
Soe said Frank, a long-time Zearing resident, was also in the process of rehabbing some local buildings.
Denison resident Rich Knowles, who has been a personal friend of Frank for more than 25 years, knew Frank largely through his automotive work, and his role as manager of Sam’s Riverside Auto Salvage in Des Moines, which sells rebuildable used vehicles, used parts, tires and wheels. He also was a Volkswagen enthusiast, Knowles said.
“It is my understanding that Scott worked hard to promote his small Story County community of Zearing,” Knowles said. “He was also active in several automotive organizations, and was an active supporter and participant of the ‘Good Guys’ Hot Rod event held every July in Des Moines.”
“Scott was the best mechanic I have ever known,” Knowles said. “His positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to help his customer/friends will be greatly missed.”