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Longtime Lakewood councilman dies; served as mayor nine times

Longtime Lakewood City Councilman Larry Van Nostran has died, the city announced Saturday.

Nostran, 79, had served on the City Council for 37 years and was in the midst of his 10th term on the council. He had served as the city's mayor nine times.

Van Nostran died Friday after battling a "progressive and incurable lung disorder," according to the city's statement. He had been released from a hospital a week before after it became clear that the disease was incurable and died at home with his wife, Charlene, by his side.

“In each of his nine terms as mayor,” said Lakewood Mayor Diane DuBois in a statement, “Larry stood as a fierce defender of the community’s values and served as a leader of the City Council in guiding Lakewood with wisdom and determination. I know that Larry’s greatest aspiration -– and one he achieved –- was to keep Lakewood safe, ensure its continuing prosperity and preserve its neighborhood quality of life."

The city listed the 1981 founding of the Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame as one of Van Nostran's proudest achievements, along with his role in expanding senior services -- including helping to oversee the creation of Lakewood's senior transit system -- and maintaining low crime rates.

Memorial service details have not yet been announced.

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