Statement by MP Zimmer on the Passing of Congressman Don Young

OTTAWA – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the passing of U.S. Congressman Don Young:  

“I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of U.S. Congressman Don Young. At 88, Don was a force to be reckoned with and everyone in our angling and hunting community knew it! 

“Don was not only known for ‘Standing up for Alaska’ but also northern communities and the outdoor community. As ‘Dean of the House’ and the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, Don serves as an inspiration for all those who have been elected to represent rural and remote regions. His legacy will be viewed as a benchmark for many to come. 

“As a fellow northerner, I was honoured to have met and worked with Don several times standing up for anglers and hunters. Most recently, standing against ever-increasing public lands and water access closures at a recent Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation briefing in March 2021. 

“As a man of faith Don lived a life of great purpose. In his own words, ‘The only thing we leave behind are our accomplishments’, and Don certainly has much to be remembered for. As a humble civil servant, his memory and legacy will live on through those who loved him, and through the many people his life impacted. 

“From your Canadian neighbours: our deepest condolences to Don’s beloved wife Anne, his family, his many friends, and all Alaskans.” 


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