UPDATE: Colleagues, Lincoln officials share reactions to Coby Mach’s death

UPDATE:

Lincoln Independent Business Association President Coby Mach was found dead on Friday.

Lincoln police are investigating his death as a suicide.

Former LIBA Board of Directors Chair Connie Hilligoss said she recruited Coby many years ago.  She told Channel 8 about her reaction when she got the news.

“Absolute denial,” Hilligoss said.  “It wasn’t in his nature.  It wasn’t conceivable.  It wasn’t acceptable.  I didn’t believe it.”

She said even though Coby worked for LIBA, he took everyone into account and not just the interests of LIBA.

Hilligoss said she brought him aboard because he had the fire that their organization had been missing.

“He was a passionate, driven man who was always reaching to accomplish things for other people or other organizations,” she said.  “But his heart and his faith were just as huge.”

Coby was also a well–known Lincoln resident for his decades as the voice for Drive Time Lincoln on KLIN.

LIBA hosted the mayoral debate Monday afternoon.  Candidates Cyndi Lamm and Leirion Gaylor Baird said they were honored to take part in it, but that Coby’s death made it a little tough.

“It was a difficult one, looking at the loss of Coby Mach for all of the folks here and it was difficult for me to go into also,” Cyndi Lamm said.

“We have lost a community leader,” Leirion Gaylor Baird said.  “And that LIBA was able to move forward with this event despite this tremendous loss for our city says a lot about their strength.  And I wanted to rise to their strength and honor the memory of Coby Mach.”

Monday afternoon, the Lincoln City Council even asked for a moment to recognize him.

“Last weekend, we lost a community leader,” council member Bennie Shobe.  “Someone that was very active in our community to make it better.  I’d like you to — when you’re doing our moment of meditation — you keep in mind his family and in your prayers and in your thoughts.”

Coby Mach leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Funeral services for Coby are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel.

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On Monday, both mayoral candidates Cyndi Lamm and Leirion Gaylor Baird talked about the death of Coby Mach.

The LIBA president died on Friday.

Former LIBA Board of Directors Chair Connie Hilligoss said she recruited Coby many years ago.

She told Channel 8 her reaction when she got the news.

“Absolute denial,” Hilligoss said.  “It wasn’t in his nature.  It wasn’t conceivable.  It wasn’t acceptable.  I didn’t believe it.”

Hilligoss said even though Coby worked for LIBA, he took everyone into account, not just the interests of LIBA.

She said she brought him aboard because he had the fire that their organization had been missing.

“He was a passionate, driven man who was always reaching to accomplish things for other people or other organizations,” Hilligoss said.  “But his heart and his faith were just as huge.  He was so intelligent and savvy.”

Coby was a well–known Lincoln resident, not only for his work with LIBA, but also for his decades as the voice for Drive Time Lincoln on KLIN.

LIBA hosted the mayoral debate Monday afternoon.  The candidates said they were honored to take part in the debate Monday, but that Coby’s death made it a little tough.

“It was a difficult one, looking at the loss of Coby Mach for all of the folks here and it was difficult for me to go into also,” Lamm said.

“That LIBA was able to move forward with this event despite this tremendous loss for our city says a lot about their strength,” Gaylor Baird said.  “And I wanted to rise to their strength and honor the memory of Coby Mach.”

Funeral services for Coby are this Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel.

Lincoln police are investigating Coby’s death as a suicide.  He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

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