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Governor Orders Flags Lowered for Former Lawmaker

January 2, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Friday in memory of former Representative John M. Sweet. Sweet died on September 11 in Boulder, Colorado. He was 88.

Born in Parker, Pennsylvania, Sweet served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was later elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, representing Anchorage from 1969-1970. Sweet worked as a geologist with Atlantic Richfield Company.

Sweet is survived by his wife, Mirabel, of Boulder, and six children. State flags will be lowered on Friday, January 3. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday.

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