SANDY, Utah (AP) -- A former state representative who for years lobbied for the failed cause of instituting a state lottery died after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Arlo James was 72.
James died Monday surrounded by family and friends at a Sandy nursing home.
A lifelong Democrat who represented Kearns in the House, James is best known for his efforts to create a state-run lottery but his efforts were opposed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
An active LDS member, James did not believe in gambling, but was reportedly tired of seeing Utah residents cross the Nevada border to spend money that could be spent on state services.
Raised in Union, James graduated from Jordan High School in 1950 and then joined the Air Force. When he returned home, he married Helen, his wife of 51 years.
James spent 35 years working as a mine foreman for Kennecott Copper.
After retiring, he parlayed years of community service, including twice holding a seat in the legislature. According to the state's Web site, James served from 1977-1978 and then from 1983-1994.
He is survived by his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren.
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