Horse Cave Councilman David Lindsey dies at 82


Horse Cave has lost one of its long-time city council members.

David Lindsey, who had served as a member of the Horse Cave City Council for 38 years, died Friday.

“He has been a dedicated public servant to Horse Cave down through the years. In the early years, when cities had their own city judges, David served in that capacity for eight years, so actually, he has been involved in city government in Horse Cave for about 46 years,” said Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry.

In addition to being a long-time city council member and a city judge, Lindsey also taught for 35 years in the Hart County School System.

In 2012, he was featured in a segment for the History Channel’s television show, “American Pickers.”

The television show’s hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, came to Horse Cave and conducted “a pick,” sorting through Lindsey’s collection he had stored in the Mid-State Wholesale Supply Building along U.S. 31-W.

Curry visited Lindsey several times and talked to him on the phone pretty regularly after he became ill.

“His mind was still sharp,” Curry said, adding that Lindsey served as a wealth of historical information. “Of course he was 82 years old and a school teacher and had been around here all of his life, and actually grew up on Church Street. We’ve known each other for a long time.”

Curry initiated Lindsey being named a Kentucky Colonel and awarded it to him in January.

“I’m proud I was able to do that,” Curry said.

Ann Matera, former city clerk for Horse Cave, grew up with Lindsey.

“David was always a delightful person. When we were growing up he liked to play with snakes. You never found him without a snake around his neck,” she said.

Lindsey became a city council member right before Matera was hired as city clerk.

“He was on the council that hired me, and he was always there and always faithful to be there,” she said. “I could always bounce something off him and know that he was being honest about it.”

Lindsey’s funeral was Monday.

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