Flags will be flown at half-staff next Tuesday to honor the late state Rep. Don Hahnfeldt, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.


Hahnfeldt, first elected last year to represent House District 33, died on Christmas Eve. The district includes Sumter County and parts of Lake and Marion counties.

Scott ordered the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff at the Sumter County Administrative Building in Wildwood, the Sumter County Courthouse in Bushnell, and at the Capitol in Tallahassee, from sunrise to sunset on Jan. 2.

Hahnfeldt, of The Villages, “distinguished himself during his 32-year career in the U.S. Navy, commanding two nuclear submarines and serving as Commander of the Pacific Fleet’s Strategic Submarine Squadron,” according to Scott’s statement.

“After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he continued to serve in leadership positions in numerous boards and committees, and was elected to the Sumter County Commission in 2012.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time,” the governor added. “We will always remember Rep. Hahnfeldt’s commitment to The Villages and our nation.”

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