For Alaska Only
Governor Bill Walker today ordered all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff beginning Tuesday in honor of former Superior Court Judge Roy Madsen, who passed away on December 26th at the age of 94. Judge Madsen was the first Alaska Native to become a Superior Court Judge and served from 1975-1990.
“Judge Madsen led a life of service, leadership, and honor, and Alaska is a better state because of his service,” Governor Walker said. “Lt. Governor Mallott, Donna, Toni, and I extend our sincerest condolences to his family and community, and join them in mourning the loss of a great Alaskan.”
Judge Madsen was born in Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923, and his family moved to Kodiak when he was four. He received degrees from Oregon State College and Lewis and Clark University. Judge Madsen held many jobs before joining the bench, including working in his father’s hunting camp, serving in the Navy on a Patrol Torpedo boat in World War II, as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, and working in the District Attorney’s office in Clackamas County. He also served on the Board of Regents at the University of Alaska, and helped establish a community college in Kodiak where he served as the first president and taught business law. Judge Madsen also worked on the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. Judge Madsen is survived by his wife Linda Madsen, his children and many grandchildren.
Governor Walker ordered that Alaska flags be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Tuesday, January 30. Flags should return to full-staff at sunset on Thursday, February 1.
**When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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