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 the late 60s, that Lujack would gain national…More
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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…More
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…More
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 winds and big waves. They…More
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
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.”
Due to forecast weather conditions, the family of Carmine Smeraldo, noted restauranteur of Il Terrazzo Carmine in Seattle, has moved the date of the Mass for him to Friday at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 9460 N.E. 14th St., in Clyde Hill. Smeraldo died Jan. 11 after a stroke.More
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.More
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…More