Flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Wes Coyner

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska flags were flying at half-staff Tuesday to honor a longtime political lobbyist who was a chief of staff to Alaska's first state governor.

Wes Coyner, 74, died July 14 while competing in the 2002 Duathlon National Championship in Carlsbad, Calif. The duathlon combines running and cycling.

Coyner, who lived in Juneau, served as Gov. Bill Egan's chief of staff from 1971 through 1974. He excelled at athletics as an older adult and played a key role in starting the Juneau Racquet Club 25 years ago.

Coyner was a longtime racquetball competitor and was sponsored by a racquetball equipment maker into his early 60s, Knowles' office said.

Coyner began running seriously in 1993. He went on to win three national duathlon titles in his age group and represented Team USA in three world championship meets.

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