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Remembering Durell Peaden, 69

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Sen. Durell Peaden, a beloved and bemusing former lawmaker from the Panhandle known for his passion and savvy on health care issues, passed away this morning. He was 69. Peaden, known to intimates as “Doc,” had undergone double bypass surgery earlier this month and was in stable condition, resting in Pennsylvania afterward. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and three children. Peaden’s death was announced by his cousin and Senate successor Sen. Greg Evers who, like the late Peaden, represents Crestview. “A very compassionate man…

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