Montana storyteller, lobbyist and political aide Alec Hansen dies at 81

Alec Hansen

Those who knew Alec Hansen remember him for his wit, his ability to tell a great story and his resolve for bringing truth to power.

Hansen, 81, died April 24 at his home in Missoula. He had received care from Hestia Hospice for one year, family members said. His son, Eamon, 42, died hours later that same day due to a longtime illness.

A Mass will be held at noon Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Helena for Alec and Eamon. A reception will follow at the Holter Museum of Art. 

Alec Hansen had worked as a journalist and as an aide for two governors, and was head of the Montana League of Cities and Towns for more than 30 years, where he had also served as a lobbyist.

“He was an incredible guy,” his daughter, Lucy, said. “My dad was a legendary lobbyist at the Capitol. You could write a 500-page newspaper article on my dad and you could never touch on the man that he was.”

She said he was a true Montana man, “but he was a Butte kid. One of his famous

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