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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Booth Gardner, 1936-2013

Gov. Booth Gardner gives his farewell speech on Jan. 12, 1993. Gardner, a two-term Democratic governor who later in life spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the country to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Gardner died Friday, March 15, 2013 at his Tacoma home, family spokesman Ron Dotzauer said Saturday. He was the state's 19th governor.