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March 23, 2013

Mumaw praised for 'A life well lived'

WASHINGTON — Martin Mumaw III’s life was celebrated in a stirring memorial service at First Christian Church on Saturday. Mumaw, the former Daviess County Treasurer and Republican chairman, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Friends, political figures and many whose lives were touched by the great public servant were in attendance and honored what Dr. Byron Holtsclaw called, “a life well lived.”

“Our entire community has a heavy heart,” Holtsclaw said. Mumaw was a member of First Christian Church and served as a trustee and board member.

Holtsclaw and Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit spoke during the hour-long service, sharing stories and praising Mumaw’s dedication to the community he loved.

Harbstreit began his eulogy by saying Mumaw, his friend, was “just an awesome person.”

“Martin offered all he had and all he was to this community,” Harbstreit said.

Harbstreit, in talking about his political career, said Mumaw enjoyed being behind the scenes, and knowing the right things to do for any campaign.

“Nothing gave him more pleasure of laying the groundwork of a good campaign and seeing it play out,” Harbstreit said.  “He responded faithfully whenever anyone needed him.”

Mumaw was instrumental in creating and keeping Daviess County the Republican stronghold it now is. Currently, every elected official in county government is Republican and the GOP holds the city mayor’s office and a majority on the city council. He was also instrumental in helping Republicans in state and national campaigns, like current Eighth District Rep. Larry Bucshon. Representatives from Bucshon’s staff were present at the service.

Bucshon gave a speech Tuesday on the floor of the House of Representatives praising Mumaw’s work. It was the last speech he got to hear, Harbstreit said.

“God not only gave Martin a lot of gifts and a lot of talents, but also guided him to use them in a special way,” Harbstreit said.

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