Parkinson’s disease has claimed yet another victim – our former governor, Booth Gardner. What an amazing man he was. Never corrupted by wealth and power, he was a true servant of the people.
He won a first term as governor, and breezed through a second-term election. With his overwhelming popularity, he would have breezed through a third or fourth term, but he decided not to run. His energy level was low, and he felt he couldn’t give his all to the job and the people. He didn’t know he was in the early stage of Parkinson’s.
Always thinking of others, Gardner founded the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation as a support and information resource for other Parkinson’s sufferers.
Washington state lost one of its very finest when it lost Gardner. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved him.