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Senate Resolution No. 103

(By Senators Tomblin (Mr. President), Barnes, Boley, Deem, K. Facemyer, Guills, Hall, Sypolt, Bowman, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, Fanning, Foster, Green, Helmick, Jenkins, Kessler, Laird, McCabe, Minard, Oliverio, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Unger, Wells, White, Williams and Yost)



Memorializing the life of the Honorable Donald T. Caruth, attorney, musician, civic leader, former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, member of the West Virginia Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, distinguished West Virginian and dedicated statesman.

     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth was born May 23, 1950, in Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia, the son of William B. and Elizabeth S. Caruth; and
     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth received his education from Athens High School, and earned a Bachelor's degree from Concord College, and a law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law; and
     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth was dedicated to the practice of law in Mercer County, and was a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Mercer County Bar Association. He also served as the Athens Town Attorney; and
     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth was married to his beloved wife Laura, and was the proud father of five daughters, Maria, Andrea and Christie Boby; and Allison and Madison Caruth; and
     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth served his community with pride and distinction in a myriad of civic minded organizations, including his membership in the New River Parkway Authority; the Board of Directors of the Athens Volunteer Fire Department, the Athens Medical Center, and the Childrens Home Society of West Virginia. He was a former Adjunct Professor to Concord College and Bluefield State College. He served as a Regional Supervisor for Veteran's Education and Training. He was also a dedicated member of his beloved Concord United Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Church Council; and
     Whereas, Donald T. Caruth had a life-long passion for music, especially jazz music, and was a talented trombone player. He played for the Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble, and played in a jazz band named the "Concord Commanders" while at Concord College. He also played in a top 40's band, the "Kaleidoscope"; and
     Whereas, The Honorable Donald T. Caruth was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2002, and was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2004 and 2008. During his time in office, the Honorable Donald T. Caruth was responsible for a myriad of worthwhile legislation which was enacted for the betterment of all the citizens of West Virginia. At the commencement of the 78th Legislature, he was elected as the Senate Minority Leader; and
     Whereas, Sadly, the Honorable Donald T. Caruth passed away on May 1, 2010, bringing to an end a dedicated life as an attorney, civic leader, and a distinguished career in public service; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Senate:
     That the Senate hereby extends its sincere sadness at the passing of the Honorable Donald T. Caruth, attorney, musician, civic leader, former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, member of the West Virginia Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, distinguished West Virginian and dedicated statesman; and, be it     
     Further Resolved,
That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Donald T. Caruth.
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