The Washington Times-Herald

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March 23, 2013

Truly a public servant

WASHINGTON — Our community is touched by many people during their lives, and in their passing. Daviess County, southwestern Indiana, the state itself was indeed touched, and saddened, by the passing of Republican County Chairman and Daviess County Treasurer Martin Mumaw III on Wednesday.

Public leaders enrich our lives by their actions, and we are saddened by their passing. But Mumaw's passing goes beyond public service and the feeling of loss.

The listing of public service took more than a single paragraph. Mumaw was an active Republican, and supported the party's beliefs. But the loyal opposition's position was clear when Democrat Dave Crooks said, "While we had our differences with our politics, we are proud to say he was a friend and gentleman to the end. He will be missed." Missed is an understatement.

He served the Carnegie Library Board, Senior and Family Services, Daviess County Civil War Roundtable, Daviess County Historical Society, Daviess County Sheriff's Merit Board, Indiana Hunter Education of the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources, Daviess County Community Foundation, Red Cross, Washington Conservation Club, Daviess County Fair, Community Concerts, Ducks Unlimited, 4-H, First Christian Church in numerous positions and Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events, while he was not serving as the treasurer, county 5th Precinct committeeman and 8th District secretary.

At least those were the roles he filled publicly. The number of undertaken roles in the privacy of his own life will only be known by his friends and those he served and assisted in his "spare time." Mumaw was also one of our own. He was the award-winning editor of the Daviess County Publishing Company, It would be easy to say his giving was a model for all of us to follow only because it was. While many of us find our own lives filled with activities that seem to keep us from serving others, Martin filled his life with activities thinking of others. Martin's obituary ended with -30-, an old journalism symbol noting the end of the story from the time when stories were filed by hand and then typewriters.

While that symbol may have been a fitting ending to the life of Martin, it doesn't signify the end of his spirit.

Mumaw will be remembered for generations to come as a contributor to our Daviess County community and the people who compose it. His influence in Daviess County doesn¹t have to end ‹ it could be a beginning.

 

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