LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, this afternoon commented on the passing of Harry Gast:
“Senator Harry Gast was an honest, straight-forward man who recognized the value of commonsense. For more than three decades, he dutifully served the citizens of Southwest Michigan as a member of the legislature.
Through his legislative legacy, he is remembered as a leader in preserving the natural treasures of his community through the Sand Dune Protection Act. He served at the helm of the Senate Appropriations Committee as Chairman for 18 years.
Senator Gast was a forced to be reckoned with and a true statesman. The communities of Southwest Michigan are better off for his representation and Michigan is a better place as a result of his commonsense brand of leadership. He will be sorely missed.”