Arden Hills board member Dave McClung, 53, dies after cancer battle
December 3 – Dave McClung, a member of Arden Hills city council, died Wednesday after a year-long battle with cancer that required him to attend meetings remotely. He was 53 years old.
McClung was a “real son of Arden Hills,” said his mother, Dorothy McClung. The family settled in the area in 1946 when their grandparents bought a farm on 37 acres of land in what was then a township. Her grandfather, Karl McClung, was one of the city’s founders, she said.
Like his namesake father, McClung grew up on this Snelling Avenue farm, where “his love affair with the city” began, his mother said. He was in high school, she said, when Mayor Bob Woodburn appointed him to the city’s public works committee.
McClung received an MA from George Washington University and went to work for Governor Arne Carlson as a legislative liaison in Washington. He joined the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2006, where was a criminal investigator, said his mother, who was the department’s commissioner under Carlson.
McClung was elected in 2006 for the first of four consecutive terms on Arden Hills City Council.
At the August 23 board meeting, McClung discussed his health concerns, which he said came to light in October 2020, just before winning his final four-year term.
“Last November, I had kidney functions that went awry and led to peritoneal dialysis,” he said. “And around this time, I decided to get into chemotherapy for multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.”
McClung, who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years, said he also had a minor stroke about a month and a half ago.
“So a lot of things are happening,” he said. “I’m a fighter. I keep fighting. And I hope that one of these days, when I can drive again, I can be at town hall, sitting on the platform with everyone. “
SERVED AS A STUDENT
In a statement Thursday announcing McClung’s death, the city described him as a dedicated public servant who had been involved in various committees and commissions since he was a student at Mounds View High School.
Mayor David Grant said on Thursday that McClung was always ready for meetings and worked to make sure taxpayer dollars were spent wisely.
“If you saw Dave as a board member, he was dedicated, focused,” Grant said. “On a personal level, Dave was a very nice guy.”
McClung had a passion for the Lake Johanna Fire Department, which serves Arden Hills, North Oaks and Shoreview, and has always applied to serve on its board of directors, Grant said.
When McClung returned from hospital at the end of October, Lake Johanna Fire Chief Tim Boehlke had the service’s drill rigs circled the dead end of the house in McClung row. He watched the parade through the windows of his three-season porch, where Boehlke presented him with a fire department badge, fire chief hat and other memorabilia.
“It was huge for him,” said McClung’s widower Chris Zickrick. “I’m so glad they were able to do this for him before he passed away.”
In addition to her husband and mother, survivors include her sister Heather Meuleners of Cologne, as well as a niece and two nephews.
A commemorative ceremony is scheduled for early January.