Sixth District Chair Dies

JGFitzgerald -- March 19th, 2008

David Layman, chairman of the Sixth District Democratic Committee, died early Wednesday, according to an email from a committee member. He suffered an apparent heart attack at the beginning of a committee meeting in Lexington Tuesday night.

David was one of the hard-working and unsung people behind the scenes who keep the political process working, rarely running for office or gaining public acclaim themselves, but doing the difficult and time-consuming tasks that make democracy work.

His emails always ended, “Thanks for all you do.” It’s a fitting goodbye for him.

7 Responses to “Sixth District Chair Dies”

  1. finnegan says:

    Sorry to hear this. I had heard that he had a heart attack, but I thought/hoped he would pull through.

  2. Leslie Byrne says:

    David Layman was a good friend. He will be missed by many. My prayers go to his family.

  3. JGFitzgerald says:

    Staunton story here.

    DNR story … oops.

  4. Bill Bestpitch says:

    As 1st Vice Chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee, I had spoken with David a couple of times recently and emailed frequently regarding the upcoming 6th District and State Conventions. I had seen him at several events for Sam Rasoul over the last few months. We valued his leadership and always appreciated his support. If David didn’t know the answer to a question, he always knew how to get it and get back to you. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

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