Former Gov Gardner honored for public private legacy

first_imgTACOMA — Political leaders and hundreds of others gathered Saturday to honor former Gov. Booth Gardner for how he publicly shaped the state and how he privately shaped his family.At a memorial service in Tacoma, former Gov. Chris Gregoire remembered how Gardner championed issues like the environment, early childhood education and health care.“His amazing legacy has left a lasting impact on the lives and the livelihoods of literally every single person in Washington state,” said Gregoire, at times emotional in recalling her former boss and mentor.Gov. Jay Inslee said Gardner’s work two decades ago laid the foundation for things coming to fruition today, including gay marriage, universal health care and better environmental management. During his tenure, Gardner issued an executive order banning discrimination against gay and lesbian state workers, appointed the first minority to the state Supreme Court and helped launch the state’s Basic Health program for the poorGardner was the state’s 19th governor, leading Washington from 1985 to 1993 following terms as Pierce County executive, state senator and business. A millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune, he later went on to lead a successful “Death with Dignity” campaign in 2008 that ultimately led to the passage of the state’s assisted suicide law.last_img