Neighbors throughout Iowa Park are saddened by the unexpected death of a lifelong resident and current city leader.
Keith Dyer passed away early this morning in his home.
Everyone in the Iowa Park community had nothing but nice words about Dyer.
One said he always helped people who needed it even if they just needed a hug.
Iowa Park lost one of its city leaders and most well known citizens Thursday morning.
“They just say, as far as I’m concerned, he’s good as gold and he’s a good person,” Dyer’s friend Gary Williamson.
“If you’re from Iowa Park, everybody knew Keith. If you needed a helping hand, he can do anything to help you. He was always there. He’s going to be missed so much,” Dyer’s friend John Tranhan said.
Keith Dyer served as Place Three City Councilor in Iowa Park.
He also hosted a weekly gospel music program on KLUR and ran for 13th District Congress in 2010.
Dyer was known for always giving a strong opinion on subjects and often for the love of his fair city.
“City Council always respected his expertise. He was very candid and very willing to speak his mind and share his concerns he was also willing to listen to the other side of the story. That’s something that I think everyone respects about Keith,” City Manager Jerry Fleming said.
Dyer was also known as a fan of building and fixing automobiles.
A passion he shared with his brother Chuck and his friends.
“He was always involved in race cars, hot rods, and stuff like that and that’s where I kind of got to know him,” Williamson said.
“He always had a passion for hot rods. We’d be in history class in school and the history teacher would walk up and of course the books were pretty big and reach in there and pull a hot rod magazine out of there, but he’s always been that way,” Tranhan said.
And throughout all his years in the Iowa Park community, neighbors say Keith Dyer was always there to lend a hand.
“He’s going to be missed. Not only because of his expertise, but because of his love and concern for the city and his desire to make Iowa Park a better place,” Fleming said.
Dyer’s city council term would have expired in May of this year so Fleming says no special election is needed.
He says the council will appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy on an interim basis until then.
Services for Dyer are set for this Saturday at 11 AM at Faith Baptist Church of Iowa Park.
Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery’s Pavilion.
This Friday from from 6 to 8 PM, a visitation will be held in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park.