Wilbur Faiss, oldest former Nevada lawmaker, dies

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Updated: 11/04/2013 9:31 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Wilbur Faiss, Nevada's oldest former state legislator, has died.

Faiss died Saturday in Carson City, where he had been hospitalized for three weeks. He was 102.

He marked his birthday on Oct. 14 at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center surrounded by family.

According to his family, he was being treated for a variety of ailments, but one doctor described the cause of death as old age.

His death comes about a year after the passing of his wife, Theresa. The two were honored in 2012 as the longest married couple in the United States, and President Barack Obama congratulated them on 79 years of marriage.

Wilbur Faiss was elected to the state Senate in 1977. The North Las Vegas Democrat said his proudest moment was voting for the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement after learning of the death of former Nevada legislator Wilbur Faiss:

“I was deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Wilbur Faiss. Mr. Faiss had a tireless commitment to the state and its people, but most importantly, he devoted his life to his wife and children. Married 79 years to his late wife Theresa, the couple was honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter as the Longest-Married Couple in the United States in 2012. Kathleen and I extend our deepest condolences to Wilbur’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.”
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