Morgan County mourns former Coroner Jeff Lair

Winchester native served as coroner 1984-2019

The former Morgan County coroner, Jeff Lair, died Friday, June 18, 2021, in rural Scott County.

Lair graduated from Winchester High School and began continuing education with death investigation, including gaining board certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Investigators, all which continued him on his career path.

Lair’s resume of work in Central Illinois is long and varied. He served as coroner for Scott County from 1974-1976, deputy coroner in Morgan County from 1976-1984, and was elected coroner of Morgan County in 1984. Lair worked as a paramedic and a technician in the Passavant Area Hospital emergency department from 1976 until 2002, and recently worked security for Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Lair also founded the Morgan County’s Underwater Search and Rescue Dive Team.

He helped coordinate entomology classes for police continuing education and was affiliated with the Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association, having served as president. He owned and operated Lair Death Investigations. His career enabled him to help people during some of the hardest times of their lives.

Besides his work, he was involved in the community. He was a member of Kiwanis, lended his expertise as a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

His awards and recognitions included the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, he was honored as Industry Expert and Top Professional in 2018 and was selected as one of the Who’s Who in America (71st and 72nd editions).

The community he served joins Lair’s family and friends as they mourn and remember this robust public servant.

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