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.

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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