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Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Former State Rep. Douglas A. Bennett


August 6, 2021  



Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Former State Rep. Douglas A. Bennett 


Lansing, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, August 7 to honor the life and service of former State Rep. Douglas A. Bennett. The flag honors will coincide with his celebration of life. 


"Our state mourns the loss of former State Representative Doug Bennett," Governor Whitmer said. "It was an honor to serve alongside him in the House. He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Muskegon area. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time." 


Bennett was born on October 24, 1945 in Muskegon, Michigan. He was a graduate of Ravenna High School in 1964, and began his Steamfitter's apprenticeship at U.A. Local #174. He was elected Business Manager of U.A. Local #154 in 1983. He served as Muskegon County Commissioner from 1999 to 2004, and as State Representative for the 92nd District from 2004 to 2010.    


Bennett passed away July 16, 2021 at the age of 75 years old. 


The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor and selfless service of former state Rep. Douglas A. Bennett by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.   


To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.    


Flags should be returned to full-staff on Sunday, August 8.