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Washington mourns death of former governor Booth Gardner

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Remembering Booth GardnerSEATTLE — Washington residents are mourning the loss of one of the most popular governors in the state’s history.

Booth Gardner died Friday from complications with Parkinson’s at the age of 76.

Gardner took office in 1985, and was elected a second term four years later.  He focused on education and the environment.

In his later years Death with Dignity became his cause and Gardner led the charge to make Washington the second state to legalize assisted suicide.

An Oscar nominated documentary was also made about his Death with Dignity campaign.

Lawmakers and loved ones remember Gardner fondly, and public memorial is being planned.  Gardner’s family asks that any donations be made to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

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  • Billy Brock

    I had the honor to play soccer for him in 1970, I didnt have the means to get back and forth to practice or games so he used to pick me up in his ( BMW or Mercedes not sure) , with a few of the other players. We used to fight and argue to sit in the front seat. to settle who got to sit there, coach Gardner would ask us all spelling, math or science questions, the one with the most right, earned the right to sit up front. He was a stand up Man, and Coach. 7-11 Slurpees forward Billy Brock

  • Tomasi Boselawa

    It was not in any way " An Assisted Suicide" Booth did not qualify to use the " Death with Dignity Law" because of Parkinsons. Assisted suicide law is only given to people who are given 3 months or so to live. His condition was not terminal.

  • Steve Hall

    Isn't it amazing how some people can be so cynical and demeaning. Anyone who had the opportunity to know Booth got to know what a great person he was. The soccer story is one I have heard many versions of. I got the privilege to work on a project with him, play a little golf and to be a friend. He was a great man and a good guy.