ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Eric Youngberg was a jack of all trades, a real estate developer, an accountant and a lawyer. For three terms, he served the West side of Albuquerque as a state representative before losing a reelection bid in 2008.
"One of the smartest, wittiest, kindest, most generous people," said former state representative Al Park, a close friend of Youngberg's. "You could be in a snowstorm and he'd give you the shirt off of his back."
"He was a fun, easy-going guy," said House Speaker Ken Martinez. "[He was] wicked smart, really cared about his community and his state."
But Youngberg's life was cut short three years ago. He was mulling a run for state treasurer when he died suddenly in late January 2010 at the age of 43.
Three years later, he's had a resurrection of sorts.
Youngberg's Facebook account and a Twitter account with his name and photograph are both now active.
The Twitter page was established in June 2010 and increased in frequency in late 2012. The account posts about everything from the Federal Reserve to local Albuquerque restaurants.
It's been an odd thing to see for those who knew Youngberg well.
"I choose to honor and remember Eric as the person I knew," Park said. "I don't think he'd appreciate it."
It turns out the person behind the social media push is Youngberg's brother, Leif Youngberg.
In a phone conversation, Leif Youngberg told KRQE News 13 the Twitter page was meant partly as a tribute and partly as a way to help settle outstanding issues in his brother's estate.
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