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Jacobson, Dodge set examples for leaders of today

Perhaps the most significant news in Tuesday’s paper for Nevadans was on the obituary page. There, on the same day, appeared the obituaries for former state senators Carl Dodge and Lawrence E. Jacobsen.

Both leave a legacy that should not be forgotten going beyond the laws they authored.

Jacobsen, 85, died one week ago. He lived in Douglas County all his life and was in the Legislature for 40 years. Dodge, 91, a native Nevadan, died Saturday. He was in the Legislature from 1958 until 1980.

Both served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then returned home to begin lives of service to their communities and state.

Jacobsen, as president of the Senate, served as acting governor on numerous occasions, worked tirelessly on veterans issues and was instrumental in the preservation of the Stewart Indian School and Marlette Lake.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, said Dodge was one of the more important senators in the history of the state. He was author of the Nevada Plan, which still operates to fund Nevada’s public schools. Another bill, known as the Dodge Act, gives local government employees and teachers bargaining rights.

Both gave tirelessly of their time even when the Legislature was not in session, which should serve as an example for those who vie this election season for positions of leadership.

A memorial service for Jacobsen will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Minden Park. A celebration of life for Dodge, 91, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Smith Family Funeral Home in Fallon.

We send our sympathies to the family and thank both men for the contributions they made to the lives of Nevadans.