The Washington Times-Herald

Obituaries

March 21, 2013

Martin L. Mumaw III

Nov. 21, 1949 - March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — Martin L. Mumaw III, a Washington resident aged 63, died Wednesday. Born Nov. 21, 1949, he was the son of Dr. Martin L. Mumaw Jr. and Zelma B. (Waggoner) Mumaw. He was a 1967 graduate of Washington High School and he attended Indiana University. As a lifelong resident of Daviess County, he devoted much of his time working as a public servant in the county he loved. He served as president of the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees; president of the Senior and Family Services Board of Directors; president of Washington Kiwanis; Ducks Unlimited committee member, secretary of the Daviess County Civil War Roundtable; trustee and treasurer of the Daviess County Historical Society; and secretary of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Merit Board. An active member of Washington First Christian Church, he was serving as a deacon, vice chairman and treasurer of the Board of Elders and Deacons, and as secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Long active in Republican politics, he was currently serving as Daviess County chairman, Washington 5th Precinct committeeman, and 8th District secretary. He served on campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels for 43 years. In 1987, the County Party presented him with its Distinguished Service Award; in 2008, he was presented with the Party’s top service award, the Helen M. Jones Award. He was well known for his 38 years of service as a coordinating instructor with Indiana Hunter Education, a program of the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources. He received three state commendations, was named the District 7 Outstanding Instructor in 1991 and 2002, and was co-recipient of the 2003 District 7 Outstanding Team Teaching Award. In 2006, he was honored by the Division for 30 years of service. In the past, Mumaw served as president of the Daviess County Community Foundation; chairman of Red Cross; president of the Washington Conservation Club; president of Community Concerts; president of the Daviess County Fair; chairman of Ducks Unlimited; 4-H leader; and as District IV Director of the Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals, and Events. Other awards he received included the 2001 Jay E. Myers Horizons Award from the Daviess County Community Foundation; 1995 Daviess County Citizen of the Week; 1992 Daviess County Fairman of the Year; and Ducks Unlimited National Distinguished Service Award. In 1997, he was named to the Hall of Fame of the Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals, and Events. In 1998, he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert Orr. A former editor of Daviess County Publishing, he received the second-place award from the Hoosier State Press Association for Best Feature Story in 1991.In 2000, he received a letter of commendation from former U.S. Senator Robert Dole, national chairman of the World War II Memorial Association, for initiating and overseeing a project to provide a memorial at Eastside Park for Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Col. Don C. Faith, Jr., a Washington native. Mumaw was elected to four terms as Treasurer of Daviess County and was serving in that office at the time of his death. In 1997, he was named Treasurer of the Year by the Indiana County Treasurers’ Association. He is survived by his sister, Cheryl L. Beck and brother-in-law Robert L. Beck, of Greencastle. He was the last of his family to carry the Mumaw name in Daviess County. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, with Bro. Byron Holtsclaw officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Odon. Visitation is also Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church, the Indiana Hunter’s Education Program, or to the Carnegie Public Library. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.gillsince1872.com --30--

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