A former Bay County Commissioner who was instrumental in the construction of the new airport died Sunday.
Friends and colleagues of Marc Nolen said he passed away at Gulf Coast Medical Center Sunday afternoon. Nolen was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
He served as a commissioner in Bay County from 1996 to 2000.
Former Commissioner Robert Wright who served with Nolen said when they served the county was in the planning process for the new airport in West Bay.
"You get close to them you get to know what their inner thoughts are in makes me sad he was a good guy he was always concerned about the little man the average person in the community. He kind of softened up my hard edges from time to time helping me out with issues and stuff he was a good public servant," Wright said.
Among his other contributions to the community, his friends said he went into real estate and was involved in the development of the Grand Panama Beach Resort in Panama City Beach.
He also served in the United States Marines. Nolen was 51 years old.