DENVER (CBS4) – Former Colorado governor Richard “Dick” Lamm has died of complications from a pulmonary embolism. The state’s first governor, who served 12 years over three terms, was 85 years old.
Former First Lady Dottie Lamm shared the news of her husband’s death on Friday morning and shared a statement stating, “With great sadness, but also gratitude for a life well lived and in the service of his beloved Colorado, I want the news share the death of my husband, former governor Richard D. Lamm. “
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Lamm’s political career began in the 1970s after helping in the battle against Denver as host of the 1976 Winter Olympics, which were awarded to the state of Colorado. He argued that the games would cause environmental damage and unnecessarily high government spending. The games were eventually moved to Innsbruck, Austria.
He was governor from 1975 to 1987, and only he and former governor Roy Romer were governors of Colorado for 12 years. Lamm also ran for president in 1996 as a member of the Reform Party.
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Dottie Lamm said Dick was surrounded by his family when he died. Next week he would have been 86 years old.
Governor Jared Polis issued a statement thanking the Lamms for their public service. He said in part “Gov. Lamm took on difficult topics, never shied away from civil political discourse and valued cooperation. His legacy and leadership will be remembered in the history of our state. “
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Details on a memorial service and “ways to commemorate” will be announced shortly.