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Longtime harbor commissioner dies 

Henry Jackson “Jack” Scarbrough, a commissioner with the Port San Luis Harbor District for nearly 15 years, died Jan. 11. He was 84.

Scarbrough had a varied career; his past job titles included truck driver, miner, milkman, theater manager, SLO County Sheriff’s deputy, and Grover City police chief (before it was Grover Beach) for five years, according to the district.

He was born in 1927 as one of 13 children. He died due to complications resulting from pneumonia.

Harbor Commission President Jim Blecha remembered Scarbrough as a dedicated commissioner who rarely missed a meeting. Scarbrough even attended a commission meeting the week his wife Loretta died in 2001, Blecha said.

“Oftentimes in meetings, he didn’t have a whole heck of a lot to say, but when he said it, it would have wisdom behind it,” Blecha told New  Times.

The Harbor District is accepting letters of qualification to fill Scarbrough’s seat. About a half-dozen people have expressed interest in the position so far. Once appointed, the new member would serve through January 2013 unless elected to a four-year term this November.

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