Former Upshur County sheriff dies

Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST
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BUCKHANNON, W.Va (WDTV) - Former Upshur County Sheriff David Coffman has died, according to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.

Coffman passed away Tuesday at age 69 after several years battle with cancer.

In a Facebook post, the UCSO says they are mourning the loss of a wonderful sheriff and extraordinary man.

Coffman served West Virginia communities for more than 40 years in various roles with the Division of Natural Resources, Buckhannon PD, and other sheriff’s departments in Lewis County. Finally, serving two terms as Upshur County Sheriff from 2012 to 2020.

Upshur Sheriff Virgil Miller says his friend left a great impression on many people.

“[Coffman] had a little laugh, that’s what I remember most about him, he had an odd little laugh that I couldn’t mimic, but I’m sitting here thinking about it and I can here him laughing right now and I think Dave would be impressed with the outpouring,” said Miller.

One of Coffman’s son, Upshur County Chief Deputy Mike Coffman, was injured earlier this year when he was shot in the leg by a gunman on I-79 near exit 99.

The family will be receiving friends for a service at Buckhannon Alliance Church, Friday December 2nd from 11a.m. to 2p.m.

Miller says Coffman will always be remembered for his dedication to his service.

“[Coffman] was diagnosed I think in 2018 and he worked through that even though after he left office he’d have his wife drive him and come down see everybody and visit us,” said Miller.

Keeping you connected in Upshur County, John Blashke 5 News.