There was little doubt that Doug Lash was a popular man in Vinton County. This fact was evidenced by the large crowds which attended his calling hours and funeral at the Vinton County High School cafetorium over the course of Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
People knew Lash in many roles: He delivered their mail for the U.S. Postal Service, entertained and informed them as the public-address announcer for Vikings' football games, and also through his fire department and church activities. A large collection of flowers, his fire turnout gear, and many pictures were on display to symbolize his connections to the community and his high standing in it.
Certainly, his wife, Ellen, and their children, Phillip, Sarah and Katie, were on the minds of many during this time of their loss.
While Lash was only 58 years old when he died, he left behind a long legacy of memories and contributions that will be remembered by local citizens for decades to come. Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice was in the front car of the funeral escort procession as many people followed behind to say their goodbyes.
The memory of Lash will be honored again on Friday evening, Aug. 25 when he, Scott Braden and Jason Boothe are inducted as the newest members of the Vinton County High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place before the Vinton County-Unioto season-opening football game. There is no doubt how the school community felt about Lash as Athletic Director Matt Combs spoke about the contributions he made for the high school.
"Doug was such a big part of football Friday nights for 39 years and was also a big part of the community," said Combs. "We certainly thank him for what he did for the high school athletic department. We are glad he is a part of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class."
Ellen also wanted to express her thanks to everyone who extended their condolences. She wanted the community to know how Doug felt about the coming induction. This statement was released by Ellen just prior to Doug's death:
"Doug is very humbled to join this group of accomplished people," Ellen wrote. "Because of such hard work of so many, all this is made possible."