Former Alta. ag minister dies

Former Alberta MLA and Agriculture Minister LeRoy Fjordbotten, who served with former premiers Peter Lougheed, Don Getty and Ralph Klein, died June 8 at the age of 78.

Fjordbotten was born in Granum, Alta., and was elected to the provincial legislature in 1979 as a Progressive Conservative for the Fort Macleod region. He served as an MLA for 14 years, and as agriculture minister from 1983-86, tourism minister from 1986-87 and forestry, lands and wildlife minister from 1987-92.

Fjordbotten farmed northeast of Granum and was also a private pilot and member of the Flying Farmers of Alberta.

When he left politics in 1993, Fjordbotten formed a consulting company that advised businesses that were looking to expand into international markets.

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He is survived by his wife, two daughters, three siblings and four grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life is planned June 25 at the Claresholm Community Centre in Claresholm, Alta.

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