Friday, January 29, 2010

House Pays Tribute to Youngberg

State House members just tribute to former state Rep. Eric Youngberg, who died this week. Most remembered his sense of humor and how well he got along with his colleagues, no matter which party they belonged to.

Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, recalled a paintball game in which neither of them them knew what they were getting into.

Rep. Candy Spence-Ezzell told an even more hilarious story about the time Youngberg visited her ranch and tried to pet one of her bulls. He learned quickly some bulls aren't interested in being pet, Spence-Ezzell said.

Rep. Rhonda King, D-Stanley, remembered when Youngberg showed up at the annual House/Senate basketball game "a little unprepared." Specifically, he was wearing a business suit and dress show. However, Youngberg, King said, found a pair of scissors and turned his dress pants into shorts and played the game that way.

Rep. Kiki Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, said he lost one of his favorite golf partners.

Rep. Joe Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, said, "We could disagree on issues and argue passionately, but could still be dear friends."

Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, remembered a time when Youngberg was leaving the floor right as someone was putting a call of the House -- which means nobody is supposed to leave. Arnold-Jones remembered Democratic Whip Sheryl Williams-Stapleton shouting "Youngberg, where are you going."

House Speaker Ben Lujan talked about the respect Youngberg had for the institution of the House. He said he saw Youngberg a couple of months ago. "He was jolly Youngberg," the Speaker said.

Republican Whip Keith Gardner announced that Youngberg's funeral is scheduled for 2 pm Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.

CORRECTED: The original version of this post named the wrong representative for the paint ball story. I was listening to the tributes from my office and thought after all these years I know most of the voices of the Legislators. Guess not.

ANOTHER CORRECTION: The story about the call of the House was initially attributed to the wrong legislator.