DENVER (CBS4) – Val Vigil, a former Colorado state representative who represented Thornton, has died. Flags will be lowered across the state on Thursday as a tribute.

“Val was a good friend and an inspiring public servant. Colorado lost a great person and public servant who touched so many lives,” said Gov. Jared Polis in a prepared statement.

Rep. Val Vigil

Rep. Val Vigil in 2006 (credit: Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Vigil represented the Thornton area in the Colorado State Legislature for four terms, from 1999 to 2006. The governor’s office wrote in a news release that during his time in office he worked to improve higher education opportunities for Colorado students and played a key role in the passage of a bill that grants in-state tuition to undocumented students.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday for Vigil at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Northglenn. He is survived by Annabelle, his wife, and two daughters.