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Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Marvel Dies at Age 86

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Former longtime northern Nevada Assemblyman John Marvel has died at the age of 86.

Marvel's son, John E. Marvel, confirms his father died Saturday at a hospital in Carson City. He says he had battled through a variety of health problems over the past six years, including lung disease.

John E. Marvel says his father served in the Nevada legislature for 30 years, from 1978 to 2008. The Battle Mountain Republican was known for his conservative politics and defense of farmers and ranchers in Humboldt and Lander Counties.

In his later years, his district was stretched all the way west to Washoe County to include part of Sparks. In 2003, he was among a handful of Republicans who crossed party lines to break a seven-week impasse over taxes and public school funding.

Governor Brian Sandoval today made the following statement after learning of the passing of former Nevada Assemblyman John Marvel:

"John Marvel was a friend and mentor to me when I served with him in the Legislature. A son of Battle Mountain, John was a fierce advocate for rural issues and a leader in the Legislature. Nevada is stronger because of John's service and I extend my condolences to John's wife, Willie, and his children."

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued this statement following the loss of former Nevada Assemblyman John Marvel:

"With the passing of John Marvel, Nevada has lost a great man and well-respected public servant. John was kind enough to be both a friend and advisor to me when we served in the State Assembly together, and I remain grateful for his kindness. Both Lynne and I are keeping John's wife, family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," said Senator Dean Heller.

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