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Raleigh, N.C. - Sen. Don East (R-Surry), 67, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2012 following a brief hospitalization. He is survived by his daughter, Gina Southern, son-in-law, Mickey Southern, and two grandsons, Matt and Jake Southern.
East served seven terms in the North Carolina Senate, where he represented Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties.
Previously, East served as a police officer in Winston-Salem and as a Surry County Commissioner. He also owned a small farm in his hometown of Pilot Mountain.