The Grand Marshal for the 2022 Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade will be Dean Black, according to an announcement this week.
Black moved to Fayette County in 1962, when he married his wife Elloise. He retired from ExxonMobile in 1996, and he has been described as someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand. He has volunteered more than 1,500 hours for the Hospital Auxiliary and spends a lot of time helping out at the 6:35 Food Pantry. He is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
Black has served on the Youth Extension Board and was a Boy Scout leader. He has also been a member on the Vandalia City Council, the Fayette County Board, the Vandalia Zoning Board and the Police Pension Committee.
Black and his wife Elloise have two sons, Michael and Bradley; one grandson, Clayton; a granddaughter, Kayla; and one great-grandson, Daniel.
In his spare time, Black enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs, taking his annual trip to Florida and traveling around Fayette County in hopes of seeing new things he has not seen before.
The Halloween Parade is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. through downtown Vandalia.