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Governor Parnell Orders Flags Lowered for Former Lawmaker

September 28, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor and memory of former Representative Keith Specking, who died September 19 at the age of 90.

Specking was born July 25, 1919 in Hanson, Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army in Hawaii during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was elected to the Alaska State Legislature in 1970, representing the Kenai Peninsula district.

In addition to serving in the legislature, Specking served as legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond, helping with the reorganization of the Department of Fish and Game and the establishment of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

"Representative Specking's family remains in our thoughts and prayers," Governor Parnell said. "Representative Specking worked hard for the State of Alaska, and we are truly grateful for his service."

Specking is survived by his wife, Vera; son, Glenn; daughter, Joan; and two grandchildren.

Governor Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, September 29.  Flags will be raised to full-staff the following morning.

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