A former Dublin resident known for his community involvement has died.

Ray Priestino, 76, drowned July 22 in Lake Murray in Lexington County, South Carolina, according to television stationWLTX in Columbia South Carolina.

According to news reports, Priestino had been swimming with his family when he drowned.

While living in Dublin, Priestino raised six children with his wife, Sandra. He founded the Dublin Soccer League and served as president for the Dublin chapter of the Kiwanis Club.

Priestino, a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Santa Monica, California, according to an obituary from Temples-Halloran Funeral & Cremation Services. He graduated from Varina High School in Varina, Virginia, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Priestino attended and played basketball for Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and earned a master's degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from Ohio State University.

In addition to his wife, Prestino is survived by daughters Cheryn Priestino, Kesslyn Tench and Radley West, and sons Edward, Thomas and John Priestino. A memorial service was held July 30 at Eau Calire Baptist Church in Columbia.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Margie Amorose said Priestino led the effort to start a Dublin soccer league in the mid-1970s.

"When he had a dream, he tried to see it through," Amorose said.

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