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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said former Governor Stan Hathaway, who died Tuesday, is a shining example of what one good person with ability and vision can do for Wyoming present and for Wyoming future.

“He was a mentor to me,” said Enzi. “He encouraged me to run for office. While I was mayor and when I was in the Legislature he was always a ready source of sound advice and information. I was astounded at his range of knowledge, his focus, his direct no-nonsense answers.”

Enzi said Hathaway was invaluable to Wyoming, especially as the state’s energy industry began to take off.

“He was a decisive man of action who brought us through the slack years while preparing the state for the flurry of energy activity,” said Enzi.

While Enzi was mayor of Gillette in the mid 1970s he faced the daunting problem of a natural gas supply shortage as the city population exploded with coal mine openings and new construction. Enzi called Hathaway for help.

“In his very direct manner Stan called a meeting in Cheyenne of all the parties. In 15 minutes he outlined what the gas company and all of us needed to do. He would be getting weekly reports from the gas company which were going to show they were acquiring plenty of gas supplies for however many houses we built and that’s what happened,” said Enzi.