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RIP: Rep. Chuck Sassara

Chuck Sassara, who served in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970, has passed.

Sassara and his wife Ann came to Alaska in 1955 from California, where he had graduated from UCLA. Sassara was a pilot, a mariner, business owner, and author. In 2015, he wrote “Propellers, Politics & People,” memoirs of his life and adventures in Alaska, which can be found at Amazon.

“A master of aviation, an honorable legislator, a cherished and selfless husband, father, grandfather, and friend—Chuck Sassara was larger than life itself. His desire to serve others was a driving quality, one that set him apart from the rest. In his role as an Alaska State Representative, Chuck was a key proponent in pivotal legislation which shaped Alaska into what it is today,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “Rose and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Sassara family in their time of grieving.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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