Gov. Judy Martz

Former Gov. Judy Martz died Monday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 74.

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Former Montana Gov. Judy Martz, who died Monday at 74 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the rotunda of the Capitol in Helena.

Martz was Montana's 22nd governor and the only woman ever elected to that office. She was also an Olympic athlete, rodeo star and the only woman to serve as lieutenant governor of Montana.

Family and friends remembered Martz as a smart, vibrant, deeply faithful woman with seemingly endless energy who genuinely cared for Montana and its people. But her one term, from 2001 to 2005, was rocky — sometimes from forces beyond her control but also from self-inflicted wounds.

Martz requested to be cremated and her ashes will be escorted from Butte to Helena by a motorcade including Montana Highway Patrol officers and officers from the Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff's Department.

On Saturday, a celebration of life will be held at the Butte Civic Center, starting at 11 a.m. Pastor Rob Crippen, one of Martz's nephews, will officiate.

A statement Tuesday on behalf of the Martz family said Martz's husband Harry, her daughter, Stacey (Martz) Boomer, and her husband, Abe, with grandchildren Remy and Rogan, and Martz's son, Justin, express their deepest appreciation to the people of Montana who have reached out to them to express their sympathy.

Condolences may be sent to the Martz family at 119092 Juniper Acres, Silverbow MT, 59750.

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State Bureau Reporter for The Independent Record.

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