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Michael D. Herron

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Michael D. Herron

Age 67, of Weston, WV, formerly of Charleston, WV son of Willard and Toni Herron of Elkins, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Charlotte, NC.

During his three-and-one-half-year battle with cancer, Mike fought hard, never gave up hope and never lost his sense of humor.

Mike graduated from West Virginia University in 1973 with a journalism degree and as a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is a former State of WV Tourism Director, Vice President of Public Relations at Charles Ryan Associates, Executive Director of the WV Independent Oil and Gas Association and President of Advantage Valley. Most recently, he was Executive Director of the Lewis County Economic Development Authority.

In addition to Mike’s parents, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Libby, and two daughters, Amy Elizabeth and Rebecca Christine, and Amy’s son, Michael Hudson, all of Charlotte; a brother, Steve Herron of Elkins; a niece, Leia Herron Drakeford of Concord, NC; one uncle, George Giles of Weston.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Grover and Gertrude Koon, and his maternal grandparents, Dutch and Mary Rose Giles of Weston.

He was proud to be a Mountaineer from West “By God” Virginia. He was well-known as a former host of “The Mountain Sports Hotline” radio show in Charleston, as well as a regular contributor to the Blue Lot, a WVU sports message board. He also spent more than two decades as a freelance reporter for The Associated Press, covering WVU football and basketball.

Mike loved his country and his friends, but most of all his family.

A memorial service was held Sunday, February 24, at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the church or to the WVU Foundation.

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