HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The former mayor of Huntington Jean Dean has died.
Current Huntington Mayor Steve Williams confirmed the passing of his longtime friend and predecessor in a Facebook post Saturday.
“We lost a graceful giant today,” Williams posted. “Our city owes an enormous measure of thankfulness for her years of service to our city. Mayor Dean’s vision, determination, and graceful countenance set a foundation on which we continue to benefit. Mayor Dean and her beloved husband Keith are having a wonderful reunion in heaven!”
Dean served as Huntington’s mayor from 1993-2000. The Huntington public safety building is named in her honor.
According to the family, Dean had been in failing health recently and died early Saturday morning.