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Services held for former St. Croix EDC director David Piggott

Photo courtesy of the Fairmont (Minn.) Sentinel.

Services were to be held Friday, April 3 in Superior for David Piggott, who served as executive director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corp. for several years in the mid-1990's.

Piggott died Saturday at University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 49.

Piggott had most recently been working as director of a county-wide private development group in Faribault County for the past seven months.

Piggott lived at Stillwater, Minn. and commuted to Blue Earth regularly.

Piggott had held various economic jobs as an economic developer in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Virginia through the years. He was currently employed as the executive director of Go Minnesota, Faribault County Development in Blue Earth, Minn.

He graduated from Superior Senior High School in 1978; earned a bachelors degree in political science and economics from the University of Minnesota in 1985; and received a masters degree from the UW-Madison in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen, and daughters, Claire and Grace, both of Stillwater. The family lived in River Falls when Piggott led the St. Croix EDC.

A story on the Fairmont (Minn.) Sentinel newspaper web site Tuesday said city officials were told Piggott died of liver and kidney failure. City Administrator Kathy Bailey said he'd experienced serious health issues about a year ago but appeared to have recovered.

Two weeks ago, Piggott took his daughters on a trip to New York - their Christmas present. Bailey said he was hospitalized immediately upon return to Minnesota.

"We had a lot of things in common and being the same age - that's kind of a real, shake-me-up kind of thing. A person shouldn't have to die at (49)," Bailey said. "The program was just getting up and running; we started seeing results. We're definitely going to miss him."

Blue Earth Mayor Rob Hammond told the Sentinel he appreciated Piggott's honesty.

"He had a really good grasp about economic development," he said. "To look beyond our borders to work with other communities. He wasn't from Faribault County. He didn't have any of the biases or concerns about what one community thought about another community."

"He had a very good professional background," the mayor said. "That experience is something we had not had in many years. He was just getting started on the projects. It was a real shock. I feel sad for his wife and children."

"He was making a number of sacrifices to be away from his family. That was tough on him in the first place. He was too young to have this happen to him."