Lawmakers and others who knew former Rep. Bill Fromhold are gathering at 11:30 a.m. Saturday [Oct. 9] in the Capitol Rotunda for a memorial service. He died Sept. 30 after a long struggle with leukemia.
Fromhold served the 49th district from Vancouver as a Democrat from 2001 to 2008, ending as chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee. He had a long background in education issues and also had been vice chairman of House Appropriations.
"I lost a great friend today," Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia said in an e-mail on the day Fromhold died in Seattle at the University of Washington Medical Center. Fromhold had been hospitalized several times since April and battled complications of the cancer.
The memorial is put together by his surviving wife, Marcia Fromhold, and friends. Fromhold was described by former longtime statehouse reporter David Ammons as "a strong leader for education, higher education, infrastructure and construction and more. We will miss his wise counsel and his tireless work for his district and the state as a whole, particularly the school kids."
A family friend, Mike Ryherd, was coordinating the memorial and celebration of Fromhold's life. He said the Capitol opens at 11 a.m. Friends and family are scheduled to speak, but the public is welcome to attend.