Weatherford City Council is planning to recognize community icon Roger Grizzard, who died in May, during the council meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Paul Paschall is going to proclaim July 18 — which was Grizzard’s birthday — as “Live Like Roger Day,” Communications and Marketing Director Blake Rexroat said. Another proclamation honoring Grizzard from the Flower Mound Town Council is also expected to be included on Tuesday.
Grizzard died on May 25 in Lubbock in an auto crash. His wife of nearly 45 years, Jeanine, and son Tyler were with him during the accident and survived. Tyler Grizzard has endured injuries from the accident.
Grizzard was an active figure in the Weatherford community. He owned The Pizza Place on South Main Street and served as a Weatherford College trustee for 22 years, including two years as chairman.
Grizzard had taught government, economics and social studies at Weatherford High School for 21 years. He was also a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Before his death, Grizzard served on Weatherford ISD’s Education Foundation Board of Directors, as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Weatherford and as an Evening Lions Club member. Grizzard also received accolades like the Distinguished Service Award from WISD’s Ex-Student Association in 2016, WISD’s first True Blue Kangaroo Fan in 2014 and the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce in 1991.
People have paid their respects to Grizzard by attending his memorial service last month, leaving flowers and notes at The Pizza Place and gathering for prayer.
“Live Like Roger Day” is to recognize Grizzard’s service and tenure in Weatherford of more than four decades, Paschall said.
“Roger Grizzard was a man that had a tremendous positive impact on our entire community,” Paschall said. “‘Living Like Roger’ is the proper way for our city and our citizens to continue to honor Roger moving forward.”
Paschall said Grizzard had been a role model for how to treat others, leading through inclusion and respectful conflict resolution.
“The opportunity presents itself for each of us to make the commitment to ‘Live Like Roger,’” Paschall said. “The actions that Roger displayed clearly show us what this looks, sounds and feels like on a daily basis.”