A state teachers-union official died in Washington, D. C., during a National Education Association board meeting. Gary Brown, 58, died Wednesday night. He had been getting treatment...

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A state teachers-union official died in Washington, D.C., during a National Education Association board meeting.

Gary Brown, 58, died Wednesday night. He had been getting treatment for a heart condition since January, said spokesman Rich Wood of the Washington Education Association (WEA).

Brown was president of the Olympia Education Association and of the 5,000-member WEA Chinook Regional Council, which includes educators in nearly 50 local unions, the association said. He was on the board of directors for the National Education Association and the state union.

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“Gary leaves a tremendous legacy to public education,” said Charles Hasse, WEA president.

Brown’s wife, Pam, is an elementary-school teacher in Olympia. His son Greg is a school principal in Auburn, and his son Jason is an elementary-school teacher in Federal Way.

Before taking on union leadership positions full time in 1995, Brown taught first grade.

Services were pending.