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Frank Meeker, a county commissioner, dies after battle with cancer

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Meeker watched Palm Coast grow up from the earliest days, as he worked for the city’s original developer, ITT.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

He was a soccer coach who took a scientific approach to government decision making, and he was a man with a sense of humor on two government boards. Frank Meeker, a Palm Coast City Council member from 2007 to 2012, then a member of the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners from 2012 to present, died today, on July 22, after a battle with cancer. He was 61.

Meeker and his wife, Debbie, were married three decades ago. They have two sons: Jason, who is in the Air Force, and Joshua, who is an EMT/firefighter for EVAC in Volusia County.

Meeker watched Palm Coast grow up from the earliest days, as he worked for the city’s original developer, ITT.

A fellow member of the County Commission, Nate McLaughlin, called Meeker both a personal and a professional friend. He posted on Meeker’s Facebook page the following note: “My heart is heavy as I have lost a dear friend this morning and the community has lost a faithful leader....God Bless you Frank Meeker.”

Debi Peterson commented on the post: “My heart is broken! Frank was a wonderful man. His compassion for his community and family was unwavering. Prayers for peace and comfort to his family during this difficult journey of saying good-bye. Thank you Frank! You made a difference in the lives of many people. I will truly miss you.”

Sharon Triller Kaltenberg wrote: “Frank was a friend from high school. He was a great guy. So sorry for the loss of this wonderful talented man."

Flagler County Clerk of Courts Gail Wadsworth posted: "I'll miss you, Frank! May your journey be easy & your meeting with God full of light and love!"

Meeker, who held a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Masters of Science degree in Coastal Resources, created Sea Turtle Protection Guidelines for Flagler County that included a resolution approved unanimously by the County Commission in October 2015.

“This topic is very near and dear to me,” Meeker said in May to a group of residents and officials at the Hammock Beach Resort. “I felt I had to address this after getting the Manatee Protection Plan back on track. They (sea turtles) are defenseless and the life of a sea turtle is a rough one.”

County Commissioner Barbara Revels said, “He loved his city and he loved his county, but he loved his family most. He was a great family man and he will be greatly missed.”

“Always wearing a smiling face, he was well-loved by the residents he served,” said Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. “You could always count on Frank – that he would follow up if you asked him to do something. His word was gold. He always put others first.”

SIDEBAR: Funeral is July 30

Funeral services for Frank Meeker will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Parkview Baptist Church, 5435 Belle Terre Parkway. There will be a funeral procession from the church to Flagler Palms Memorial Gardens, 511 Old Kings Road S., Flagler Beach. The family will receive friends afterwards back at their church, Parkview Baptist Church. Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

SIDEBAR: What's next for the County Commission?

The term of office remaining for Frank Meeker's seat on the County Commission is 27 months and 28 days. The governor of Florida, therefore, will appoint Meeker's replacement, and there will not be a special election.

Frank Meeker and his wife, Debbie

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