Tim Malone, known for ‘keen legal mind,’ dies in Alaska

jdodge@theolympian.comJuly 18, 2013 

The husband of state Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, died Tuesday while accompanying her to a political summit in Anchorage, Alaska.

Tim Malone, 78, collapsed at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region meeting, which brings together legislative leaders from the western United States and Canada. Senate Secretary Brad Hendrickson informed staff and members of the Senate of Malone’s death via email Wednesday.

A state assistant attorney general who retired in 1989, Malone was remembered by friends and colleagues as a sharp legal mind and beloved community member.

Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro credited Malone with shaping the state’s legal case in 1975 to halt the practice of live capture of orca whales. The case grew out of Sea World’s capture of seven killer whales in Budd Inlet, witnessed by Munro and others.

Munro called on state Attorney General Slade Gorton to help free the whales. Out of town, Gorton turned to Malone and others on his legal team to help build the case for their release and eventual federal legislation that banned further orca captures for zoos and aquariums.

“He was an absolute hero in my mind,” Munro said. “He was a wonderful contributor to our community and a keen legal mind.”

Longtime friend and former state executive Ann Ryherd remembered Malone as the life of many a party at her Olympia home.

“He had the most curious mind,” Ryherd said of the pipe-smoking intellectual. “He was highly respected and a beloved community member.”

State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson served with Malone for many years in the state Attorney General’s Office. They argued a case together before the U.S. Supreme Court and climbed Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens before the volcano blew its top.

“He was the most prepared and relaxed attorney I ever worked with,” Johnson said.

Fraser, a former Thurston County commissioner, has served in the Senate for 20 years. She holds the position of Senate Democratic Caucus chairwoman.

John Dodge: 360-754-5444 jdodge@theolympian.com

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