David N. Lovelace, a longtime state official, died Sunday at UK Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington after a long illness. He was 57.
Mr. Lovelace, who had worked in various positions in state government since 1979, lived in Frankfort. He most recently served as deputy secretary of the state Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet. He resigned from that post in September because of illness.
Mr. Lovelace was commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Economic Development during the administration of Gov. Martha Layne Collins.
During his career, Mr. Lovelace served on numerous boards and commissions including, most recently, the board of the World Equestrian Games.
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He came to Kentucky in 1979 after graduating from Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., to work in the administration of then-Gov. Julian Carroll, a family friend.
Mr. Lovelace, a McKenzie native, grew up in Colombia, South America, where his parents were missionaries. He also spent part of his childhood in Costa Rica.
He graduated summa cum laude from Bethel College, receiving a bachelor's degree in English.
Survivors include his wife, Terri Phillips Lovelace; a daughter, Kelsey Wellman of Frankfort; his father, the Rev. John Lovelace of Evansville, Ind.; a brother; and two sisters.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church on Washington Street in Frankfort. Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718, or the Kentucky Humane Society, 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville, KY 40214. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort is handling arrangements.