JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Alaska House Speaker Hugh Malone, who also served as revenue commissioner in the late 1980s, has died in an accident while vacationing in Italy.
Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Thursday and Friday in honor of Malone, who was 57.
Malone apparently drowned Thursday while on vacation with his wife, Deb Vogt, according to Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho. Vogt was injured in the accident, Botelho said.
Malone, a Democrat, served in the House of Representatives, representing the Kenai Peninsula, from 1972 until 1984. He was speaker in 1977 and 1978.
Malone was chairman of a special House committee that was involved in designing the Alaska Permanent Fund, and he later served on the permanent fund board. He was commissioner of the Revenue Department under Gov. Steve Cowper in the late 1980s.
Surviving are his wife, who recently retired from her job as deputy revenue commissioner; and three children, Alanna and Rory, both of Juneau, and Shevaun of Colorado. Also surviving is a brother, Patrick, of Kenai.
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