Goodbye to a Frisco leader
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Those who knew and worked with Mark Gage say Frisco became the town it is today in part through his work and dedication.
Now, members of the community he helped shape are saying goodbye.
Gage died Wednesday after experiencing a “medical event” while riding his bike in Breckenridge, according to a statement from the Summit County coroner.
He was 53.
“Mark’s sense of humor and calm, even-keeled professional demeanor set an example for all of us daily,” Frisco community development director Jocelyn Mills stated. “He was an awesome co-worker and a genuine friend. We will deeply miss him.”
Gage worked for the town in the community development department for 18 years.
As a senior planner, Gage reviewed development applications, checked them against the town’s planning codes and regulations and presented them to the town council or planning commission with recommendations for a final decision.
Supervisors said he’d been involved in almost every development project in Frisco in recent years.
“Mark’s passing is a devastating loss to the community,” former Frisco town manager Michael Penny said. “His role in shaping Frisco through his position in community development will be felt for decades and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Gage worked on numerous high-profile projects in recent years, including Frisco’s affordable-housing development at Peak 1, the town’s green building code and the Main Street redesign.
“He was a very valuable employee and is going to be missed a lot,” Frisco town manager Bill Efting said.
Gage was reportedly riding his bike near the intersection of Wellington and Royal Tiger Road in Breckenridge Wednesday when he lost consciousness.
A passerby called for help just after noon, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, according to the coroner’s statement.
Gage is survived by his wife and two daughters.
No information has been released yet regarding services.
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