JUNEAU (AP) -- State flags were ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday in memory of Richard ''Dick'' Whittaker, a former state representative and journalist from Ketchikan who died last week.
Gov. Tony Knowles issued the order on Wednesday to lower state flags in recognition of Whittaker's service to the people of Alaska. Whittaker died Sept. 19 at his home. He was 70.
Whittaker served one term in the House from 1970-72 as a Democrat. He also served on the Ketchikan School Board and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.
Whittaker worked as managing editor of the Ketchikan Daily Chronicle and started numerous independent newspapers before working as a political writer for the Anchorage Times.
He also worked as a hard hat driver in Kodiak before getting a law degree from Northwestern College of Law in Oregon.
As an attorney, Whittaker focused on economic and social problems of small Alaskan communities and served as corporate counsel for Kake Tribal Corp. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood.
Whittaker was born March 3, 1931 in Illinois. He grew up in Oregon before moving to Alaska in 1952.
He is survived by his former wife Judy; children Jedidiah, Jetta, Joshua, Juno, Jacob, and Jonah; sister Betty and great aunt Betty.
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