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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:20am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Longtime County Comm. Dan Haggerty passed away Friday, after a bout with bladder cancer, confirms County Judge Veronica Escobar.
Haggerty, who has served as a County Commissioner since 1995, was diagnosed with bladder cancer back in November of 2011.
Escobar says he died in his home.
Well-known for his uncanny, straight-to-the-heart candor, Haggerty was named "Outstanding Northeast El Pasoan" in 2008, among numerous other honors, including being appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as a trustee to the Texas County and District Retriement System in 2004.
He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended the University of Texas at El Paso, and later went on to serve in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Naval Reserve, and Texas Army National Guard.
He also served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1972.
After being diagnosed, Haggerty went through 15 months of chemotherapy. He had just begun his second round of treatments in March, and was wearing a different wig each week at Commissioner's Court as a testament to those fighting cancer.
"They said basically go home and make arrangements. That was devistating. That was a year ago. I've learned to accept it now. It's ok," Haggerty told Local 4 News in an interview back in March.
He was 64 years old.