FARR WEST -- Residents here are mourning the loss of the man who was their mayor for nearly 20 years.
Jimmie Papageorge, 83, died at his home Sunday following an illness.
He was a man whose influence was felt in all corners of their city, residents say.
"He has done his fair share over and over again," said Dennis Peterson, a longtime friend, city resident and business associate.
"He's done the work of two men in a lifetime," said Dale Chugg, a 75-year neighbor and friend who also served on the city council.
Both Peterson and Chugg said Papageorge had an unmatched habit of hard work and service.
"He didn't expect his employees to go out there and do it all on their own," Peterson said. "He was out there to show them and teach them how a city should be run. He was excellent at it."
"He never let anything go undone," Chugg said. "He was a workaholic. Up until the last year or two, you'd see him out on the work crews. You'd see him on a backhoe."
Chugg said his friend worked tirelessly, even after his activities became more limited following open heart surgery two years ago, and even when he was burdened with worries over the health of his wife, Kay.
"He was trying to do as much as he could," Chugg said. "Some guys are just so oriented to service, they just don't feel like their life is complete without this thing they've done all their life."
Chugg said not only did Papageorge know every sewer line and every irrigation system in Farr West, but he also served in so many other capacities.
He was on the Bona Vista Water Improvement District since 1975 and the Western Irrigation Company board for three decades, including service as president.
He was on the Ogden River Water Users Association Board.
He was director and then president of the Plain City Irrigation Company, helping to establish sewer and secondary water to his city.
"If there were any water problem, irrigation or sewer or anything else, he'd get the phone calls," Chugg said. "He always responded. Got them all hours of the night. He would correct it."
His service included the Farr West Sewer Improvement District, the Farr West Park District and the Weber County Blue Ribbon Committee that helped establish the Weber County Fairgrounds.
Papageorge was heavily involved at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, where he served as president, Chugg said.
"Those big dinners they put on over there, they've been massive. People would wait in line sometimes for an hour or two."
And Chugg said Papageorge helped extensively with the church's Greek Festival.
He also served on that church's board since 1964 and helped it get established in South Ogden.
Papageorge helped those of other faiths as well, Chugg said. He donated toward The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missions of Chugg's sons.
"He's real, real, real generous," Chugg said, also noting Papageorge's donations to 4-H and to farmers who found themselves in trouble with their crops.
Papageorge's family was known for sponsoring a Fourth of July shish kebab dinner in the city every year that fed up to 4,000 people.
And city employees remember receiving expensive boxes of chocolates from Papageorge every year at a city Christmas party.
The Farr West mayor helped the city receive its incorporation in the first place. He was the city's first mayor and later served as a councilman before becoming mayor again.
He worked to develop and improve the city.
"He was the instigator and negotiated the property for the recreation center, the senior center and the city offices," Chugg said.
He helped develop the areas around these facilities and helped two other city parks come to fruition.
In his private life, Papageorge ran his dairy farm with his brother Harry and two of their sons.
"He was internationally known for his dairy farm," Chugg said.
His accomplishments in the Holstein Association for five decades included serving as an official cattle judge throughout the country.
"He's such a perfectionist at doing things -- he just ran out of gas," Chugg said of his friend's death.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 674 42nd St. in South Ogden.
A viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Trisagion service at 7 p.m., at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.
Interment will be in Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.