Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday ordered flags in Montana be flown at half staff Thursday in honor of Jean A. Turnage, the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who died this week.
"Chief Justice Turnage, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was a dedicated public servant, who served as the Lake County attorney, state representative and president of the Senate before serving on the Montana Supreme Court," Bullock wrote in his proclamation. "His commitment to helping others resonates in the hearts of all Montanans and we thank him for his leadership and compassion."
Turnage, who died Sunday at the age of 89 at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan, was the first enrolled member of an Indian tribe elected to statewide office in Montana.
He is survived by his wife Eula Mae, daughter Patricia, son Lloyd, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His funeral is scheduled Thursday at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Lake View Cemetery.