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Flag, iced tea left in honor of Tucson man killed by suspected drunk driver

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Norman "Frank" Enfinger. (Source: Air National Guard) Norman "Frank" Enfinger. (Source: Air National Guard)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The staff at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Tucson won’t forget their regular customer who was more like a family member.

Norman Enfinger, 52, was riding his motorcycle Friday night when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

The driver, Jesus Yzabal, was arrested for for second-degree murder and aggravated DUI, among other charges.

Enfinger was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Saturday morning, the servers at Grimaldi’s were starting their state-mandated alcohol training when a phone call delivered the news that the man they knew as “Frank," had died.

Without hesitation, someone placed an American flag over Frank’s favorite chair and poured a glass of iced tea just like he ordered every time he stopped in for a visit.

“To say he was a regular here, just doesn’t do it justice,” said server Tyler Worden. “He was kind of one of our family members.”

Worden, who knew Frank for the four years he’s been working at Grimaldi’s, said Frank was practically part of the restaurant’s training.

New hires would learn to slice pizzas and be introduced to Frank.

He helped with car troubles and maintenance hiccups around the restaurant without ever asking for payment.

Worden said he served as a father figure for so many college-aged employees with problems big and small.

“Frank was truly that greatest human I’ve ever met,” Worden said. “You can put words to it and it doesn’t really do it justice.”

It was almost 10 years ago when Frank first walked into Grimaldi’s and the general manager was still hiring employees for the grand opening.

His relationship with the staff grew so strong that Frank took a Grimaldi’s shirt with him on his last deployment to Iraq.

Enfinger served with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing for more than 30 years, according to a spokeswoman from the Air National Guard.

He enlisted in 1981. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.

"He was the true definition of service before self and was always willing to serve," said Col. Jeffrey Butler, the 162nd maintenance group commander. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of this patriot."

Pictures of him overseas with the shirt hang in every Grimaldi’s location across the country.

In Tucson, there are plenty of stories about Frank and his good deeds that bring those pictures to life.

A memorial service honoring his memory will be held at 4 pm, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at Adair Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave, (Oracle and Magee).

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