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May 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually elder who fought for treaty rights, dies

Billy Frank. who played a key role in the fisheries effort on the Nisqually River, is seen here on the river. (Photo by Ann Yow / The Seattle Times, 1983) Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually elder and fisherman who served for more than half a century as the charismatic voice of Northwest tribes fighting to exercise…


| More in Environment, General news | Topics: Billy Frank Jr, Native American fishing rights, Nisqually River

December 19, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Larry Lujack, top disc jockey at KJR-AM in the 60s, dead at 73

Larry Lujack in 1967 (Photo courtesy of Robert Feder) Larry Lujack, who from 1964 to 1966 was one of the top disc jockeys at KJR-AM, then one of the reigning Top-40 stations in the country, died Wednesday at age 73. But it would be on Chicago radio – at WLS and WCFL — for two decades beginning in…


Comments | More in Arts & Entertainment, General news | Topics: disc jockey, KJR, Larry Lujak

December 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Ex-Wenatchee sex crime detective Bob Perez dies

WENATCHEE  (AP) — The former police detective who led the discredited Wenatchee child sex ring investigation has died. Bob Perez died last Thursday at Central Washington Hospital, according to the website of Jones and Jones Funeral Home. His daughter, Michelle Valdez, confirmed his death to The Associated Press. Perez, of Waterville, was 60 years old. Perez led the investigation…


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December 12, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Retired Wash. Supreme Court Justice Chambers dies

The Associated Press Retired Washington state Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers died Wednesday night at his Issaquah home, his older daughter said. Mr.  Chambers, who was 70, died of mouth and throat cancer, daughter Jolie Lofink said. Elected to the state’s high court in 2000, he retired last Dec. 31. Mr. Chambers was born and raised in the Yakima…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: obituary, Supreme Court justice, Tom Chambers

August 5, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Monday Memo: Lost in Alaska waters … She wrote her own obituary … Sounders FC

National Weather Service forecast Lost in Alaska waters: What a tragic and harrowing story of three men, all high school friends from Montesano, Wash., who were thrown into the water near Sitka, Alaska last week. After overshooting their destination in the borrowed aluminum boat they were in, they turned around, but faced strong…


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May 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Washington state Sen. Mike Carrell has died at 69

RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press OLYMPIA — Sen. Mike Carrell, who has been receiving stem cell transplants since last month for a blood condition, died Wednesday from complications related to his treatment. He was 69. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Carrell died at a Seattle hospital of lung complications from his ongoing treatment of stem cell transplants from…


| More in General news, Government | Topics: obituary, Sen. Mike Carrell

March 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Former Gov. Booth Gardner has died at 76


Former Gov. Booth Gardner in 2011. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Gov. Booth Gardner, Washington state’s 19th governor, has died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Gov. Gardner, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, died late Friday at his Tacoma home. He served two terms as governor of Washington, from 1985 to 1993.

Arrangements for a public memorial service will be announced shortly.

“We’re very sad to lose my father, who had been struggling with a difficult disease for many years, but we are relieved to know that he’s at rest now and his fight is done,” Gov. Gardner’s daughter, Gail Gant, said in a news release.

“I learned so much from Booth because he was a man that led by example,” Sen. Patty Murray said after learning of Gov. Gardner’s death. “He demonstrated that governing is about the people you serve – and serve with – by learning everyone’s name, what issues they cared deeply about, and by taking the time to work with anyone that shared his desire to make Washington state a better place to live. Booth also showed that compromise and compassion were not competing ideals by being pragmatic when he needed be, but by always working to protect the needs of the most vulnerable.”

Under Gov. Gardner’s tenure, with an economy that was largely booming, the state took notable steps on education and the environment and on expanding social and health services.

The state started instituting requirements for students to pass standardized tests before graduating from high school, raised state university faculties’salaries, enacted the Growth Management Act, started the Basic Health Plan and began First Steps, which helps low-income pregnant women get health and social services.

Gov. Gardner also had an astute eye for talent, assembling a cabinet whose members — including former Gov. Chris Gregoire — have gone on to further prominence.

“Gov. Gardner was a progressive visionary ahead of his time, said Gregoire. “His leadership helped give us environmental and land-use laws that shaped the successful Washington of today.”

“He brought people together and he had a vision,” said John C. Hughes, author of the book “Booth Who?,” a biography of the former governor that is part of the Office of the Secretary of State’s project documenting Washington’s history makers.

For Gov. Gardner, “the importance of educaton was paramount — investing in programs that helped young people escape poverty and drugs,” Hughes said. And he had “just his sunny optimism and idealism. He had this bully pulpit that investing in people was crucial and would pay real dividends.”

In recent years, Gov. Gardner was perhaps best known for championing an initiative allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for terminally ill patients seeking to hasten their own deaths. Voters passed that measure by a wide margin in 2008.

Throughout his life, Gov. Gardner had a likability that served him well, from his days as a business leader to those serving as the first Pierce County executive, from the statehouse in Olympia to working as a U.S. deputy trade representative in Geneva.

The late David Olson, former professor emeritus of political science at the University of Washington, once said of Gov. Gardner, “He had his opponents but I don’t know that he had enemies.”


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October 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

State Sen. Scott White of Seattle dies at 41


State Sen. Scott White

State Sen. Scott White was found dead Friday at Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Kittitas County, where he was participating in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 leadership conference.

White, 41, was a Seattle Democrat.  State Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, confirmed on Friday that Sen. Scott White had been found dead in his hotel room.

There were no details surrounding the death immediately available, but friends and colleagues said it was not suspicious.

“It’s very confused at this point,” Murray said. Several people were at a dinner with White on Thursday night, including Randy Hodgins, vice president of external affairs for the University of Washington.


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October 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Former Gov. Rosellini memorial services scheduled

Memorial services will be held Sunday and Monday for former Gov. Al Rosellini, who died this week at the age of 101. Rosellini served as governor from 1957 to 1965. He died Monday in Seattle after complications from  pneumonia. Perhaps best known for championing the Highway 520 floating bridge that bears his name, Rosellini was honored…


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