Quantcast
Home / Recent news / Dean Flake, father of Arizona senator, dies at 85

Dean Flake, father of Arizona senator, dies at 85

Sen. Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake

Dean Flake, the father of Sen. Jeff Flake and the former mayor of an Arizona town that his family helped found, has died. He was 85.

The Republican senator announced his father’s death with a Twitter post Monday evening.

“The finest man I’ve ever known passed away today, Dean Flake. My hero, my idol, my father,” the senator wrote.

Dean Flake was a former rancher and mayor of Snowflake, a town that his father settled in the 1800s. He and his wife Nerita had 11 children and were active in the Mormon church. Dean Flake served on the Board of Arizona State Parks and was a bishop at his church.

A spokesman for the senator said he was in Snowflake on Tuesday but will be in Washington on Wednesday as the Senate debates the health care bill.

Flake’s vote will be crucial for Republicans if they want to advance the legislation. He has drawn regular demonstrations at his Phoenix office over his voting record in the Trump administration, but his opponents called off a planned Tuesday protest out of respect for the senator following his father’s death.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been scheduled.

Sen. John McCain said in a statement that Dean Flake dedicated his life to his family.

“A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Dean Flake devoted his life to family, raising his 11 children on a ranch, surrounded by their cousins, and teaching them the importance working hard and being humble,” McCain said.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

 

x

Check Also

Vendor points to buttons being sold for various causes during the Women's March infront of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. On the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, people participating in rallies and marches in the U.S. and around the world Saturday denounced his views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights, women's rights and more. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

At least 7 women’s marches and rallies held around Arizona

Department of Public Safety officials estimated that at least 20,000 people participated in Sunday's two-mile march in downtown Phoenix that began and ended at the State Capitol.