Former Juneau mayor and Alaska broadcaster Dennis Egan dies at 75

A man talks with his hands
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, talks in his Capitol office in Juneau, Alaska. Egan, the son of the state’s first governor, has died. He was 75. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP, File)

Former Juneau mayor and state senator Dennis Egan died Tuesday morning in Oregon. He was 75.

Egan served as mayor of Juneau from 1995 to 2000. He was the son of Alaska’s first governor, Bill Egan. He was appointed to the Alaska Legislature in 2009 and served until 2018.

“Dennis always listened to his community, was a straight shooter, and truly respected the people around him. Alaska was his home, he put Alaskans first, and his heart belonged to Juneau,” Juneau Sen. Jesse Kiehl said in a statement.

Outside of public office, he was a radio broadcaster and named Alaska broadcaster of the year in 1990. He was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2001 and was on the board of the Alaska Broadcasters Association.

He married his wife Linda in 1969 and they had two daughters, Jill and Leslie. Egan retired from the Legislature in 2018.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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