UPDATE 5/17/11 @ 5:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed someone to fill the seat of the late Delegate Dale Martin.
Tuesday Tomblin appointed Helen Martin, Dale's wife, to fulfill the remainder of her late husband's term in office as the West Virginia House of Delegates representative for the 13th District.
According to a press release the appointment is effective immediately.
"Helen has spent the past eleven years as a confidant to her late husband, Delegate Dale Martin, as he served the people of Putnam, Mason and Jackson Counties," said Gov. Tomblin. "In addition, Helen has, and continues to, work within the community to provide better opportunities for her neighbors. Her passionate and diligent commitment to all West Virginians makes her an outstanding choice to complete the late delegate's unexpired term."
Delegate Dale Martin was first elected in the the HOD in 2000 to represent the 13th District.
Martin passed away unexpected earlier this month.
According to a news release, the Putnam County Democratic Executive Committee submitted Mrs. Martin's name along with two others as candidates to fulfill the unexpired term.
Mrs. Martin is a Poca High School graduate and homemaker.
Martin passed away unexpectedly Wednesday.
Delegate Martin was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2000 to represent the 13th district comprised of Putnam, Jackson and Mason counties.
In the private sector, Martin was a Union Carbide retiree and was currently employed by ANCO. Formerly, Martin was a business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and had previously worked for the West Virginia Nurses Association. Martin was also active in his Putnam County community serving as a coach and umpire.
"Over the past eleven years, I have gotten to know Dale very well. I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and fellow statesman," said Gov. Tomblin. "Dale was an exceptional public servant, spearheading various pieces of legislation designed to improve the lives of all West Virginians. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Martin is survived by his wife, Helen and son, Joshua.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel in Poca.
South Charleston Mayor, Frank Mullens tells WSAZ.com Martin was found dead in a truck along 2nd Avenue in South Charleston, Wednesday morning.
Police don't expect foul play.
West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement that West Virginia has "lost a true public servant."
Martin was first elected to the House in 2000. The Democrat represented District 13, which includes portions of Putnam, Jackson and Mason counties.
Statement from the Martin Family
“The family of the late Delegate Dale Martin would like to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy and support. No formal arrangements have been made at this time. Arrangements will be forthcoming and announced as soon as they are made. Please respect the family’s privacy in this difficult time.”