MCFARLAND (WKOW) -- In a town where everyone knows everyone else, Mike Harried touched a lot of lives. It's been a shock for people in McFarland to hear that their village president and longtime trustee was found dead Wednesday at his home.
Growing up in McFarland, Harried knew everything and everyone. He used that connection to serve the community every possible way he could.
"Just the level he was involved, I don't know how you measure the loss of a person like that," says village board trustee Timothy Utter.
A lifelong member of the community, Harried spent many years serving the community he loved. Eight years as a village trustee and another six as village president.
"I think he was easy to get along with. Obviously the village board meetings you have difficult conversations. He was always a leader to pull the board through those kind of situations," Utter says.
That love of community could only be matched by his love of curling.
"He was a good curler and a real gentleman and an asset to our club. Just by virtue of being Mike Harried," Madison Curling Club member Jack Jerred says.
With more than 500 members the Madison Curling Club quickly became one of the biggest in the country. It's organized and maintained by a handful of players.
"He did a lot to further the relationship between our club and then the city of McFarland," Jerred says.
Harried wasn't one to brag or seek affection. Those close to him valued his quiet and soft spoken leadership. They say he was a man who focused on the task at hand and was always a man of his word.
"He was just not an overt or flamboyant person. He was just a quiet gentleman who did his job and wasn't looking for accolades," Jerred says.
Harried was found dead at his home Wednesday. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office is still trying to determine a cause of death. Investigators don't suspect any foul play.
As for Harried's role as village president, the board decided to appoint Brad Czebotar to serve the remainder of Harried's term, which expires in April of 2013.
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