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Alister McAlister, who served in the state Assembly for 16 years, died at his home near Wilton in Sacramento County Monday. He was 80.

McAlister, a conservative Democrat, represented the San Jose area in the Assembly from 1970 to 1986, leaving the Legislature to run for state controller against fellow Democrat Gray Davis, who went on to win the office and serve as lieutenant governor and governor.

For many years, McAlister chaired the Assembly committee dealing with banking and insurance matters and adopted the nickname of "Honest McHonest" when he ran for controller.

A practicing Mormon, McAlister was known for his work ethic - often sleeping on his office couch - and his extensive knowledge of financial law. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, and is survived by five children and 14 grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 8925 Vintage Park Drive, Sacramento, on Friday at 11 a.m.


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