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Prominent Seymour attorney dies

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A Seymour attorney recognized for his contributions to the community died unexpectedly Jan. 27 during a morning workout.

David W. Paugh, a partner at Montgomery Elsner & Pardieck who practiced at the firm for 30 years, was described as a talented lawyer and good person by his colleagues.

Managing partner Tom Lantz said Paugh's contributions to the legal profession and Seymour will be remembered for a long time. Paugh was born in Madison and was raised in the Jefferson and Jennings county areas.

He served as counsel at two school corporations in the area and with the local hospital. He also served as pro bono counsel to several community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County.

"He was someone you could count on, whether it was a community project, or a legal matter," said Lantz in a statement from the firm. "I know I am a better lawyer and a better person today because of Dave Paugh."

The devoted runner could be seen running in the community every day, regardless of the weather, and had run the Boston Marathon.

Paugh graduated from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 1979. He practiced in business, real estate, banking, and estate planning. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, brother, and sister.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Voss Memorial Chapel, 316 N. Chestnut St., Seymour. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics, Anchor House, or the Humane Society.

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