West Virginia Senate Minority Leader dies from battling cancer

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May 3, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: The Minority Leader of the West Virginia State Senate, Don Caruth, died on May 1, 2010 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Caruth was 59 years old[1].

Caruth began his political career with the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2002 representing the Mercer County Area as a Republican. Caruth was first elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. Caruth was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. Caruth missed portions of the current legislative session as he struggled from the cancer despite undergoing successful surgery to treat the cancer[1].

In a statement written by Governor of West Virginia Joe Manchin, the Governor said: “Don Caruth brought so much to the West Virginia State Senate. He was a man of strong conviction and he was truly committed to the people in his district and to our entire state. No matter if you were a Republican or a Democrat, Don was a unique public servant who would always work across the aisle...Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Laura and the entire Caruth family as they go through this difficult time. Don was a good friend and he truly will be missed."[2].

Caruth is survived by his wife Laura and his five children[3]. Funeral arrangements for Caruth have not been announced

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