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Former councilman Grubb dies

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON — Former Huntington City Councilman Nolan Grubb died Wednesday in St. Mary's Medical Center from injuries sustained in a Jan. 18 car crash.

Grubb, 61, was a member of council from 1989 to 1997, and was a financial planner and insurance representative with Money Concepts Capital Corp in its local office, Business Professional Group Financial Services.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Christ Temple Church in Huntington.

"He loved Huntington," said City Council member Joyce Clark.

According to Ohio Highway Patrol, Grubb's vehicle collided with a vehicle that had stopped for a red light at U.S. 52 and Sandusky Road in Lawrence County about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Both vehicles were westbound on U.S. 52. The light had turned green, but the driver of the vehicle had not pulled away from the intersection.

Grubb was transported to St. Mary's along with a 17-year-old Chesapeake girl and Lydia Musick, 18, of Chesapeake. Two other girls in the car were not transported to the hospital. Grubb was alone in his vehicle, according to Sgt. Kevin Kobi of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Grubb's belief in Huntington's future was well-known. In 2012, he made an unsuccessful bid to return to City Council. Asked how the city could foster economic development, he said, "Huntington is blessed with an excellent team of economic developers who know their jobs and have proven themselves over the past several years. The best thing is for the elected officials to make suggestions and then stay out of the process."

A native of North Dakota, Grubb arrived in Huntington in 1977. In 2009, he wrote a guest column about the city and its future.

"Nothing good ever happens without effort and work by someone willing to make a difference," he wrote.

He noted the work of a number of Huntington residents in business and the arts and concluded the city will rise due to the "hundreds of people (who) continue to pour themselves into this community and believe that Huntington not only can, but will, be a great city and place to raise a family."

Clark recalled seeing Grubb recently with his granddaughter Elia, and him saying he was on a "dinner date with his best girl" at Bob Evans Restaurant.

"He didn't speak in a childish manner with her," Clark said. "He spoke to her like a grown-up."

His pastor, Chuck Lawrence of Christ Temple Church in Huntington, called Grubb "a phenomenal man," noting he was well educated, well versed and well read, with just the right saying, song or poem for every situation.

"He was a man on fire and people caught that fire from him," Lawrence said. "This is truly a great loss for Huntington because of how he cared and presented that caring."

His many postings on Facebook centered on music, poetry, his family, daughter Anne Yon -- who is a Cabell County Commissioner -- and his granddaughters.

Cabell GOP Chairwoman T-Anne See considered Grubb a dear friend.

"Political meetings I had scheduled with Nolan always morphed into a time of singing and listening to music, as we both loved to sing. Those who knew him well knew he was as passionate about music as he was his politics," she said.

"Our party has lost a fine American and I have lost a friend."

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