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Sneak peak at the Memorial Garden Unveiling

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A memorial garden to honor former Attorney General Joseph Mazurek  will be unveiled Sunday at 5 p.m. at the front steps of the Justice Building.

Since the 1970s, the building has been called the Justice Building, but after Sunday's unveiling it will become known as the Mazurek Justice Building.

Current Attorney General Time Fox said, "Great family man, great community leader he was just a great statesman and a great example to all of us and unfortunately he was taken much too early in life."

Mazurek died nearly two years ago from complications of alzheimer's disease at the age of 64. He served seven years as Montana's Attorney General and later served 12 years in the Montana Senate. And in that time, Fox says he was highly respected among his colleagues.

"All those who worked with Joe, every time he would end a meeting or and event, his motto was to tell people to 'be happy in your work'," Fox said.  "And I have to believe that if you works for Joe Mazurek, you were happy in your work."

The Montana legislature passed a bill last year, which renamed Montana's Justice Building. The legislation also authorized the garden, which is funded by private donors. Building the memorial garden cost approximately $25,000, which includes the 50 year maintenance cost as required by law. Fox said he hopes the garden will serve as a tribute to Mazurek's contribution to Montana and inform future Montanans of his works.

"Joe did a lot of things while he in the legislature..passing laws and policies to make Montana a better place to live," Fox said. "Not everyone will know that, even today, but in years to come this tells them a little bit about who joe was and what he did as attorney general."

Fox will join Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa bullock, and Mazurek's family and friends for the unveiling Sunday evening.

 

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