Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Robby Higdon, pictured speaking at a Meet the Candidates event held in Clarkson in Nov. 2017, died at age 43 Sunday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Robby Higdon, pictured speaking at a Meet the Candidates event held in Clarkson in Nov. 2017, died at age 43 Sunday.

1st District Magistrate Robby Higdon died Sunday at age 43.

A Clarkson resident, Higdon died at his home surrounded by his family and friends following a prolonged illness.

"The fiscal court and myself are devastated by the loss of our 1st District Magistrate, Robby Higdon," Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson said in a statement. "I have personally known Robby for over 30 years. This man had the biggest heart of anyone I know. He was always available to step up and help someone that was in need. He has proven this through his countless hours and dedication to organizations around the county through the years. This is a great loss to our community. I ask everyone to remember (Higdon's wife) Nichole, their children, and the family in the days ahead."

Higdon was elected Grayson County's 1st District Magistrate in November of last year to represent the residents of the Clarkson, East Leitchfield, and East A precincts on the Grayson County Fiscal Court.

In addition to serving as 1st District Magistrate, Higdon was also the owner of Higdon Contracting, as well as a member of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Parish Council and the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the jail ministry.

Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson said Higdon was highly respected, and his desire to help others did not go unnoticed.

"He'll be extremely missed by everyone that knew him," she said. "He helped a lot of people."

Mayor Henderson said that, when the city of Clarkson was building the Clarkson Community Center, Higdon volunteered to dig the footer for the facility and later helped stain the community center floor. He also donated around 100 chocolate rabbits to hand out to children at the city's Easter egg hunt every year.

"He didn't do it for money or recognition," she said. "He did it because he was a good person...The world would be a better place if more people were like Robby Higdon."

Gov. Matt Bevin will appoint a 1st District Magistrate to fulfill the role until a special election is held in November of this year to determine who will fill the remainder of Higdon's term.

A Democrat and a Republican from Grayson County's 1st magisterial district will be nominated and placed on the ballot in November. The deadline to file to run for this position will be Tuesday, Aug. 13.