Loved ones remember former state representative

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Former state lawmaker and high school teacher Dewayne Bunch has died.

He was hurt last year when he tried to break up a fight in the cafeteria at Whitley County High School.

Bunch was a former republican lawmaker who served the 82nd District which covers Whitley and Southern Laurel counties. Those who knew him said he will not be forgotten.

“Just an unbelievable person, just selfless,” said family friend Alex Patrick.

Patrick said that's how many describe Dewayne Bunch. Some said Whitley County will not be the same without him.

“The community has lost a quality individual…and a fine person, who I feel like would have made a great state representative,” said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

The former lawmaker was barely in his first term when he was critically injured more than a year ago.

“It's a tragedy that happened in the community, but Mr. Bunch would want all of us to move on from it and build upon the foundation he set for the community,” said Patrick.

Those who knew him in and out of the classroom at Whitley County High School said he was always thinking about others.

“As a teacher here and as a soldier, he never cared for himself, he was always a person that would for instance I remember from school and stuff when I was struggling, he had an open door policy, he would take me back to his house,” said Patrick.

Patrick, a 2010 graduate of Whitley County High School, said he believed in his students.

“He would provide everybody with the tools to succeed.”

Many said he touched countless lives.

“Mostly I think Mr. Bunch would want all of us to remember all of the good times in his life, and remember all the things he has done for everybody because I guarantee you there's not a single person here or in this community that he hasn't touched in some way,” said Patrick.

Bunch resigned last year and his wife Regina replaced him in the state house after a special election. Funeral arrangements are pending at Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Dewayne Bunch was 50 years old.

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