The Tacoma City Council on Tuesday honored former governor Booth Gardner, who died March 15 at age 76.
“He was born in Tacoma. He died in Tacoma. He was Tacoma, through and through,” said Booth’s daughter, Gail Gant, in response to a resolution honoring the former governor that was read by Mayor Marilyn Strickland. Gant later received a standing ovation from council members and the audience.
Council members recalled Gardner not only as a gifted politician but a man who remained generous and accessible even after ascending to the state’s top elected office.
A public memorial service for Gardner is set for at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Fieldhouse on the University of Puget Sound campus.
(The obituary released by Booth’s family is here.)
Here’s the full text of the resolution approved by the council: