CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The year 2013 marked the passing of West Virginians who will be remembered in 2014 and beyond for the impact they made on those left behind.
As a New Year dawns, memories linger of the unique contributions made by each.
In alphabetical order, here are some of the notable West Virginia residents the state lost over the past year.
* John Thomas Appleton, Malden chaplain and firefighter, was fighting a fire in Sissonville when he collapsed and died on June 24 at age 62. He was pastor of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden and was heavily involved with an initiative to bring a farmers' market to that area.
* Quentin Arthur, owner of the Fife Street Shoe Shop in downtown Charleston for more than three decades, died Sept. 18 following a short illness at age 92. He retired in 2005 and turned over management of the Brawley Walkway shoe store to his son, Andy, who said his father still kept the books until April of 2013.
* Robert "Bob" Chance, former professional baseball player and Charleston resident, died Oct. 3 at age 73. Those close to him said Chance, who had fought prostate cancer, was a quiet man with a strong sense of family. Born in Statesville, Ga., he played six seasons for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, and California Angels of Major League Baseball. He worked for Charleston Parks and Recreation Commission and the state liquor commission.
* Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed April 3 as he sat in a department vehicle taking his lunch break in downtown Williamson. Crum, 59, served as a magistrate for several years before stepping down to run for sheriff and was elected in November of 2012. Since Crum was slain, controversy has swirled around corruption in the county.
* Daniel Dahill, of West Logan, died April 15 at age 93. He served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1957 to 1960 and the state Senate from 1961 to 1964. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was a fighter pilot.
* Lewis Caldwell Davis died Feb. 15 at age 57. The Charleston native served as president of the Business and Industrial Development Corp. from 1993 to 1997 and was instrumental in recruiting businesses to the Southridge Corridor G development in the mid-90s. He had careers in banking and marketing in Charleston, New York and Delaware.
* Paulina E. "Polly" Diller, former director of the city of Charleston's Department of Consumer Protection, died July 8 at age 88. Diller, who taught English and Latin, was known for her quick wit, caring attitude, colorful attire, commitment to exercise, and love for family, friends, and community. She was a founding member of HospiceCare.
* Sylvan James "Dick" Dlesk, died Dec. 18 at age 75 in Wheeling. He was chairman of the board of First West Virginia Bancorp. He was a supporter of West Virginia University and in 2004 contributed funds to construct a new soccer stadium.
* Walter Edwin Easley died suddenly on Feb. 14 at age 55. Over the years, he suffered kidney problems that led to surgeries, dialysis, and a transplant. During his football career, he played for Stonewall Jackson High School, West Virginia University and the San Francisco 49ers. He was retired from Amtrak and was known for helping the kids on Charleston's West Side.
* Shain Gandee, who starred in MTV's "Buckwild," and two other men died April 1 of carbon monoxide poisoning in Gandee's Ford Bronco near his Sissonville home. The deaths were determined to be accidental. Those close to him, described Gandee as fun loving, respectful to his elders, and kind to his fans. He was 21.
* Larry Jones, retired Kanawha County teacher and coach, died Dec. 8 at age 66 after a long illness with a brain tumor, according to his obituary. At various schools he coached football, basketball, track, wrestling and golf. During his career, he was named Junior High Football Coach of the Year and High School Football Coach of the Year.
* Robert Michael Leighty died suddenly on Aug. 14 at his South Charleston home at age 74. He was a retired music educator for Kanawha County Schools. He was among founders of Mountain State Brass Band and served as director of Kanawha Valley Community Band. During his 44-year career as a professional musician, he played with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Accents, and River City Jazz Band. He also sang with Kanawha Kordsmen.