Governor Brian Sandoval says he's ordered flags to half-staff on Thursday as a mark of respect and in remembrance of former legislator Dean Rhoads who died late last month. 

The half-staff flags will also honor all law enforcement officers and remember those officers killed in the line of duty in Nevada and the U.S.

Rhoads, a Republican served in both the Nevada Assembly and Senate, and chaired many state legislative committees.

He also served on Tahoe Regional Planning Agency board and was on a legislative committee on high-level radioactive waste.

Rhoads’ district included the following rural counties: Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, White Pine, Lincoln, Elko, Eureka and part of Nye County. 

Rhoads was born in Tonasket, Washington and got a B.S. degree in agriculture business management from California State Polytechnic College.

He operated a cattle ranch in Elko County before he was elected to the Assembly in 1976 and went on to become a leader of the Sagebrush Rebellion challenging federal authority on state and federal lands.

He also served in the National Guard and lived Tuscarora. 

Rhoads was 82. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)