Former Big Rapids Mayor Tom Hogenson passed away on March 12th. He was 73 years old.
Hogenson was Mayor of the city from 2017-2020.
During his tenure leading Big Rapids, Hogenson advanced the Baldwin Street Bridge and Hemlock Park projects, continued to build relationships between the city, surrounding townships and Ferris State University, and was a advocate for public health and wellness, including local COVID-19 prevention measures and the Big Rapids Social Equity Initiative.
Prior to that, Hogenson served two terms on the city commission.
In a Facebook post, City Commissioner Johnathan Eppley said:
"Tom was not only a good man, but a great man. His ideals, personality, sense of humor and compassion for all represented the best of us."
"His absence leaves a huge hole in all our lives and in our community. Tom was the biggest supporter and advocate for Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Ferris State University and our surrounding area."
Eppley went on to say in his post,
"When I made the choice to run for city commission nearly five years ago, I asked Tom if he had any advice for me. I don’t remember his exact words, but he told me do it because I enjoyed it, and not for personal or political gain. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving on the commission, and it was my great honor and pleasure to do so alongside Tom for four years.
"He was incredibly intelligent, passionate, funny, empathetic, quick to volunteer and so much more. Our small corner of Michigan is better for having Tom Hogenson in it, and will never be the same now that he’s gone."