Whitmer orders flags lowered to honor former state Rep. Bennett


LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Flags should be lowered to half-staff Saturday in memory of former state Rep. Douglas Bennett, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said.

The honors will coincide with his celebration of life.

Born on Oct. 24, 1945, in Muskegon, Bennett went on to serve as Muskegon County Commissioner from 1999 to 2004 and as state representative for the 92nd District from 2004 to 2010. B

He died July 16 after a motorcycle crash near Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. He was 75.

“Our state mourns the loss of former State Representative Doug Bennett,” Whitmer said in a statement. “It was an honor to serve alongside him in the House. He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Muskegon area. I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.” 

To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.    

Flags should be returned to full staff Sunday.

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