Nicholas "Corky" DeMarco


Age: 68

executive director of West Virginia's oil and natural gas industry lobby group West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association since November 2002 (the organization has grown from 39 active members, then to more than 225 current members) whose tenure coincided with a national boom in horizontal drilling to reach rich, deep Marcellus shale natural gas deposits, and who was previously director of operations for the state under Gov. Cecil Underwood.

Cause of Death: Apparent heart attack

Born: January 19, 1948

Died: July 7, 2016

Pinch, West Virginia