November 3, 2014
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Passages: State Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way dies at age 48

Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way, died last week of colon cancer. He was 48.

Freeman is remembered for his faith in God, his optimism and a sincere interest in helping others. He always had "a fedora and a swagger," one fellow lawmaker remembers.

Freeman, a defense attorney finishing his first term in the Legislature, was running for reelection despite the aggressive cancer. His name remains on the ballot along with challenger Republican Jack Dovey. If he is reelected, Democrats in his district will select possible replacements to fill out a one-term temporary term, and county council members in Pierce and King counties will make the final choice.

Freeman's colleagues in the state House have set up a memorial fund to help his family. To donate, make out checks to "Memorial Fund for Representative Roger Freeman" and mail them to Wells Fargo Bank, 914 S. 348th St., Federal Way, WA 98003.



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