Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking died Thursday night at age 63. Docking served with Democratic Gov. John Carlin from 1983 to 1987. He was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1986 but lost to Republican Mike Hayden.
The Associated Press reports that Docking was living in Wichita and had been fighting cancer.
“He was an extraordinarily valuable member of the Carlin administration and, most importantly, a strong and dignified public servant for the State of Kansas,” former Gov. Carlin said.
In the post on Facebook, Carlin said Docking was lost "far too soon."