Former Flint Mayor Don Williamson pictured with his wife Patsy Lou. Don Williamson, 85, died early Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Williamson, a local businessman, served as Flint's mayor from 200 to 2009. (Photo: Facebook)

FLINT, MI  – Former Flint Mayor Don Williamson died early Tuesday morning after complications from a respiratory illness, reports say.

Williamson, a businessman, served as the city’s mayor from 2003 to 2009. He was re-elected in 2007 but left his seat in 2009, two years into his second four-year term.

“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Mayor Don Williamson,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “He was a hardworking public servant who served to the best of his ability and gave so much of his time and heart to this community. In honor of Mayor Williamson, the flags at city hall will fly at half-staff. I pray that God will comfort all of those that knew and loved him.

Williamson was 85 years old and he survived by his wife Patsy Lou and four children.