Lorenzo mourns loss of city manager

Residents in Lorenzo were shocked to learn that City Manager Roger Cypert died Tuesday night of a sudden heart attack that struck while he played tennis with one of his sons. He was 41.

Cypert had been city manager since April 1994, and Mayor Lester Bounds said that without a doubt he will be missed.

''He was a true hard worker for the city,'' Bounds said. ''I can't tell you how much he's going to be missed.''

Cypert's life was cut short when he collapsed during a night game of tennis with his oldest son, 21-year-old Clint, who was home from college for spring break. An EMS crew airlifted Cypert to Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, where he was pronounced dead.

Bounds said that in the past few years Cypert and the City Council had focused much of their time working on city sewage and water treatment, building a new water tower and wastewater treatment plant.

Before his stint at City Hall, Cypert served 11 years on the Lorenzo school board.

School Supt. Tom Walker, who was hired by Cypert and other members of the 1994 school board, said Cypert stayed on the board for one reason.

''He really cared about the kids here,'' Walker said.

Cypert served the community in other capacities, as well.

He was a volunteer for Lorenzo's EMS and fire departments, and he served on the Crosby County Livestock Board, as well as numerous boards at the First United Methodist Church in Lorenzo.

Tennis was one of Cypert's favorite activities, said his wife, Rhonda. Others included chess and watching Texas Tech basketball games. She said he'll not soon be forgotten.

''This was his home,'' she said. ''He had been here all his life. He loved the Lorenzo community and was well known and well loved.''

Mayor Bounds said the council will begin the search for an interim city manager next week.

Services for Cypert will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lorenzo First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Namiqa Shipman, pastor, and the Rev. Don Boren, pastor of Friona First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Lorenzo.

He was born Oct. 27, 1955, in Lubbock. He married Rhonda Tucker on July 5, 1974, in Ralls. He was a member of Lorenzo First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Searcher's Sunday School class.

He was a member of the Lorenzo Masonic Lodge, where he served as past master. He was a former member of the Lorenzo Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Clint of Abilene and Chance of Lorenzo; two sisters, Rhonda Klein of Lubbock and Roxie Powers of Pampa; a brother, Randy of Whitehouse; and his father, Marvin of Lorenzo.

03/13/97 12:10 AM
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