Dave Edwards (Wyoming politician)

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David Richard "Dave" Edwards
Wyoming State Representative from Converse County
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2008
Succeeded byRichard Cannady[1]
Converse County Commissioner
In office
January 4, 2009 – February 1, 2012
Douglas, Wyoming, City Council member
In office
Personal details
Born(1938-01-13)January 13, 1938
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
DiedJanuary 5, 2013(2013-01-05) (aged 74)
Douglas, Wyoming, USA
Cause of deathStroke; Alzheimer's disease
Resting placeDouglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Glenda Edwards
ResidenceDouglas, Wyoming
Alma materNaval Postgraduate School
OccupationRetired United States Navy captain; businessman
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsVietnam War, more than 200 combat missions

David Richard Edwards (January 13, 1938 – January 5, 2013) was an American retired United States Navy officer, businessman, and politician.

Early life[edit]

Edwards was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Edwards graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.[2]



In the U.S. Navy, Edwards flew more than two hundred combat missions during the Vietnam War. Edwards's military nickname was "Warpaint".[3]


Edwards bought the LaBonte Hotel, a historical hotel.[3]


Edwards moved to Douglas, Wyoming in 1993 and was elected to the city council there. He subsequently served as a commissioner of Converse County. He served in the Wyoming House of Representatives (2001–2008) as the Representative for District 6 as a Republican.[4]

Edwards tendered his letter of resignation on January 6, 2012 to the Converse County Commission after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[5]

He officially stepped down February 1.

Personal life[edit]

On December 26, 2012, Edwards suffered a stroke and died on January 5, 2013, eight days short of his 75th birthday.[3]


  1. ^ "Legislator Information: Representative Richard L. Cannady". legisweb.state.wy.us. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "HOUSE DISTRICT 6 MEMBER - Dave Edwards". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Hancock, Laura (January 7, 2013). "Converse County legislator David Edwards remembered". billingsgazette.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Obituary Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Edwards steps down". Douglas Budget. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-12.

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