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Mourners honor Alex Deccio

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YAKIMA, Wash- Thousands of people turned out Thursday to say farewell to former state lawmaker Alex Deccio.  The mourners included everyone from the governor to state senators and representatives, and community members who were grateful for Deccio's contributions to the Yakima Valley.

The first services of the day were held at Holy Family Church, where speakers included former Yakima City Manager Dick Zais and Governor Gregoire.

People remembered the former county commissioner not just for his many contributions to Yakima including the convention center, YVCC, and the Yakima Valley School, but also for his 32 years in the state legislature.

"If Washington DC could work like Alex Deccio we wouldn't be like we are today.  He was a man who put service above self always community, state, and country above self always willing to compromise and make a deal so we could move forward", says Gregoire.

The reception for the Deccio was hosted by the Yakima Sundome, one of the projects he was instrumental in funding.

Alex Deccio died on October 25, three days before his 90th birthday.