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Allyson Gamble, Utah Capitol building director, dies at 52

December 5, 2020 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — Allyson Gamble, the longtime executive director of the Utah State Capitol, has died. She was 52.

Gov. Gary Herbert said Saturday in a statement mourning her death that Gamble was beloved by all, regardless of political party, because of her warmth, talent and enthusiasm.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who will take over as governor in January, said in a tweet Saturday that Gamble — a two-time heart transplant recipient — died unexpectedly Friday of a stroke.

As the head of the Capitol Preservation Board for 19 years, Gamble was a well-known figure as she oversaw day-to-day operations of the 104-year-old Capitol building, which is known as The People’s House.

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“She was beloved by everyone! Our state Capitol is a magnificent building made all the more beautiful and welcoming to the public because of her dedication and professionalism in managing this tremendous asset. She had a special love for the people’s house - and everyone who worked in it,” Herbert said in the statement.

Gamble was publicly honored in 2013 as part of Herbert’s annual State of the State address, two years after she received a heart donation from the family of Gabriela Caballero, a young woman from Paraguay who died in a 2011 car accident, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

In his speech, Herbert called Gamble “the remarkable survivor of two heart transplants” adding that those assembled for his speech “are so grateful Allyson is here today.”

Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson said Gamble had also been instrumental in a 2004 remodeling and seismic retrofit of the statehouse.

“Allyson was a wonderful and caring member of our Capitol family and she will be greatly missed,” he said.