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Utah Capitol executive director, Allyson Gamble, dies at 52

Heart transplant survivor Allyson White Gamble looks on as she is recognized as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert delivers the State of the State speech to the Utah State Legislature on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Tom Smart,Pool)

SALT LAKE CITY– The longtime executive director of the Utah State Capitol, Allyson Gamble, has died at the age of 52.

Gamble was the director of the Capitol building for 19 years before she died unexpectedly from a stroke on Friday. 

In a statement from Governor Gary Herbert on Saturday, he said it was a sad day for Utah, remembered her life, and commented highly of her character. 

“Our state Capitol is a magnificent building made all the more beautiful and welcoming to the public because of her dedication and professionalism in managing this tremendous asset,” said Herbert. 

“She had a special love for the people’s house – and everyone who worked in it. She was enthusiastic, warmhearted, and kind, and the Capitol building will be a little less bright in her absence.” 

 

Incoming governor, Spencer Cox, also remembered Gamble as a strong woman who is one of “Utah’s best.” 

Last night we lost one of Utah’s best. Our dear Allyson Gamble passed from a stroke. As Exec Dir of the @UTStateCapitol she will forever be part of this magnificent building. She was brave and fierce and kind. Our hearts are broken and we will miss her,” the Lt. Governor said on Twitter.