WEST HAVEN -- Former state representative Brad Galvez passed away Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
The West Haven real-estate businessman was a representative for House District 6 in Weber County from 2011 to 2012.
"He was a man of impeccable integrity, a good father, husband and a friend," Noall Knighton, chairman of the Weber County Republican Party, said.
Knighton noted that one of Galvez's biggest accomplishments in office was the passage of a currency amendment bill that he sponsored. The law allowed the state of Utah to accept gold and silver coins as legal tender.
"A lot of people in Weber County are going to miss him," Knighton said.
Galvez was pitted against a fellow Republican incumbent due to the 2010 redistricting that merged his district with another. He lost the 2012 primary to Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry.
"It was the worst experience of my political career to run against a friend," Perry said. "He was a great man and he will be sorely missed."
Galvez was well-respected among colleagues and even delivered the opening prayer one day at the 2013 Legislative session, Perry said.