Longtime public servant, philanthropist passes away




A longtime Logan County public servant whose environmental and civic philanthropy spanned the globe passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 10.

Alan Hale was 80. He died while doing that which he always sought to do — help others. Hale was volunteering with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, and is believed to have died during an early morning bike ride that saw the bike he was riding blow a tire and reportedly throw him from the bicycle.

“We are mourning across the globe, as he touched so many lives,” the Logan County Solid Waste District said in an official statement.

Hale was a former assistant Logan County Prosecutor. He was also instrumental in the growth of the Logan County Solid Waste District. Launching local recycling centers in Logan County municipalities was an initiative he launched as the solid waste district coordinator in the mid- to late-2000s.

“I had the privilege of having both a professional and personal relationship with Alan and my heart is broken with the news of his sudden passing,” said Angel Payne, solid waste district coordinator.

She worked closely with Hale for a number of years during their time at the solid waste district.

“Alan was gifted with a keen sense of foresight and believed in taking chances. He loved big ideas and never thought about ‘what if.’ He was instrumental in implementing changes in the recycling program in Logan County,” she said.

Dedications and memories were shared by several friends and former colleagues as word of Hale’s passing spread on social media.

“The Bellefontaine Kiwanis is saddened. Alan was a great member,” Kiwanian Dave Woods said.

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