Gov. Booth Gardner

Associated Press

Political leaders and hundreds of others gathered Saturday to honor former Gov. Booth Gardner for how he publicly shaped the state and how he privately shaped his family.

At a memorial service in Tacoma, former Gov. Chris Gregoire remembered how Gardner championed issues such as the environment, early childhood education and health care.

"His amazing legacy has left a lasting impact on the lives and the livelihoods of literally every single person in Washington state," said Gregoire, at times emotional in recalling her former boss and mentor.