CARSON CITY, Nev. (KXNT/AP) – Wilbur Faiss, Nevada’s oldest former state legislator, has died. Faiss passed away Saturday in Carson City, where he had been hospitalized for three weeks. He was 102.
He marked his birthday on Oct. 14 at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center surrounded by family.
According to his family, he was being treated for a variety of ailments, but one doctor described the cause of death as old age. His death comes about a year after the passing of his wife, Theresa. The two were honored in 2012 as the longest married couple in the United States, and President Barack Obama congratulated them on 79 years of marriage.
Wilbur Faiss was elected to the state Senate in 1976. The North Las Vegas Democrat said his proudest moment was voting for the Equal Rights Amendment.
The Faiss Middle School on South Fort Apache Road in Las Vegas is named after the couple.
Wilbur’s son, Bob Faiss says, “he’s in a better place, he lived a full life. He’s just so proud of Nevada and so grateful he had the opportunity to serve it in so many ways.”