Washington state human resources director Eva Santos died early Tuesday after her latest battle with breast cancer. Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office confirmed late in the day that Santos, 56, had passed away.
Gregoire herself is a breast cancer survivor and her office released this statement from the governor:
“Eva was one of a kind and was one of the finest people with whom I’ve ever had the chance to work. She was a rare blend of fun and seriousness, able to bring clarity and levity to any situation at the same time. She served on my cabinet for the past eight years and was a bright spark in every cabinet meeting and in every interaction. Everyone who worked with her knew her integrity, her skill, and her passion for service.“We have lost a great leader and I have lost a cherished friend. My heart is heavy and her family and friends are in my thoughts.”