The late Reverend Doug Murray was officially awarded the key to the Shire of Esperance at the April 23 Ordinary Council Meeting.
The reverend's friend and former colleague, Ruth McIntyre, made the application and accepted the key on his behalf.
Rev. Murray was the principal of Esperance District High School (now Esperance Senior High School) for 23 years and was awarded a public service medal for his extensive contribution to education and an Order of Australia Medal for his community service.
He was pivotal in the establishment of the Esperance Farm Training Centre, the Esperance Anglican Community School and in the building of the Esperance Civic Centre.
Rev. Murray also played a role in the creation of the Pink Lake Golf Club and Hope FM.
The reverend was heavily involved in the arts and sports, with photography a particular passion.
He is only the second person to receive the key to the shire after Ralph Bower was awarded the key on April 5, 2002 for 37 years of dedicated service to the Esperance community.
Rev. Murray passed away at the age of 90 on August 11, 2018.
Mrs McIntyre described her friend as "very deserving" and thanked the shire for awarding the key.
"He would be deeply honoured. Thank you very much," she said.