Dave Edwards (Wyoming politician)

David Richard "Dave" Edwards
Wyoming State Representative from Converse County
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2008
Succeeded by Richard Cannady[1]
Converse County Commissioner
In office
January 4, 2009 – February 1, 2012
Douglas, Wyoming, City Council member
In office
Personal details
Born (1938-01-13)January 13, 1938
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
Died January 5, 2013(2013-01-05) (aged 74)
Douglas, Wyoming, USA
Cause of death Stroke; Alzheimer's disease
Resting place Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming
Political party Republican
Residence Douglas, Wyoming
Alma mater Naval Postgraduate School
Occupation Retired United States Navy captain; businessman
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/wars Vietnam War, more than 200 combat missions

David Richard Edwards (January 13, 1938 – January 5, 2013) was an American retired United States Navy officer, businessman, and politician.

Early life

Edwards was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Edwards graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.[2]



In the U.S. Navy, Edwards flew more than two hundred combat missions during the Vietnam War. Edwards's military nickname was "Warpaint".[3]


Edwards bought the LaBonte Hotel, a historical hotel.[3]


Edwards moved to Douglas, Wyoming in 1993 and was elected to the city council there. He subsequently served as a commissioner of Converse County. He served in the Wyoming House of Representatives (2001–2008) as the Representative for District 6 as a Republican.[4]

Edwards tendered his letter of resignation on January 6, 2012, to the Converse County Commission after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[5]

He officially stepped down February 1.

Personal life

On December 26, 2012, Edwards suffered a stroke and died on January 5, 2013, eight days short of his 75th birthday.[3]


  1. ^ "Legislator Information: Representative Richard L. Cannady". legisweb.state.wy.us. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "HOUSE DISTRICT 6 MEMBER – Dave Edwards". Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Hancock, Laura (January 7, 2013). "Converse County legislator David Edwards remembered". billingsgazette.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Obituary Archived January 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Edwards steps down". Douglas Budget. January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2013.

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