Former Lt. Gov Jack Coghill dies at age 93

Former Lt. Gov John Bruce "Jack" Coghill (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Former Lt. Governor and member of Alaska's Constitutional Convention John Bruce "Jack" Coghill died of natural causes at the age of 93 at a residence in North Pole Wednesday morning.

Jack Coghill's son, Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, said in a statement that his father, who has a long and storied political career in Alaska, remained invested in the future of Alaska in his last years.

“Dad was a firm believer in utilizing Alaska’s natural resources to build a strong economy and provide good paying jobs for Alaska,” Coghill said of his father. “He had the same passion for Alaska, even at 93.”

Sen. Coghill's office says the senator is returning home to North Pole to be with his family.

Coghill served as Alaska's Lt. Gov under Gov. Wally Hickel from 1990 to 1994.

Prior to that, Coghil served as mayor of Nenana, as a delegate of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and in the state senate.

Coghill was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed with the Alaska Command in the Aleutians.