QUANAH, TX (KAUZ) - The city of Quanah is mourning the loss of one of its own after a car crash took a man's ife.
Those closest to Mike Hale said he was going to visit his mother-in-law in Foard County when his pickup crashed off State Highway 6.
Mike Hale taught at Quanah ISD for many years as a coach, teacher, and a principal.
Those who knew him best that said he was much more than that.
"He was just a person you enjoyed being around," said Larry Holder, Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Quanah, where Hale attended.
"He was a hard worker," said James McDaniel, a former football coach at Quanah. "He was a determined young man who believed doing things the right way and believed in trusting in what you said to him."
It was this attitude that kept Hale teaching at Quanah ISD for 40 years.
"His heart and soul was in teaching," said Ryan Turner, Superintendent of Schools in Quanah. "He was very much a supporter of the kids and the kids loved him for it."
"He took a personal interest, not in just one student, but every student in the classroom," said McDaniel.
Hale made a lot of friends along the way in the classroom and the church.
"I'd call him up and say 'Mike, let's go to a football game.' And not one time did he ever turn me down," said McDaniel.
"He was a real comfort for me while we were coaching together sitting on the basketball bench together," said Jimmy Boyd, who coached alongside Hale.
"Mike and I of course would joke about our hairline," said Holder. "We would joke that the Lord gave some of us hair and and some he just gave us looks."
Although the loss of Mike Hale has left the community of Quanah in shock, those closest to him want to remember him for the compassionate man he was.
"He knew the Lord," said Holder. "So even though it's a shock to us we know where he is."
"I'm going to really miss him," said Boyd.
Mike's friends hope that the influence their collegue had on the community will continue for years to come.
Visitation for Hale will be Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m at the First United Methodist Church in Quanah.