National Association of Attorneys General
Mazurek Building Dedication
The Montana Attorney General’s Office held a July 13 ceremony in Helena with approximately 200 people in attendance to recognize the dedication of their Justice Building and Memorial Gardens to former Montana Attorney General Joseph P. Mazurek. Mazurek served three consecutive terms in the Montana state Senate and held the position of attorney general from 1993-2001.
Mazurek passed away at age 64 in August 2012 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Department of Justice building has been home to the Montana Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, and the State Law Library for over 30 years. Now, it will also stand as a tribute to the former attorney general who has been praised by many for his devotion to public service.
“It’s something for us to look up to and try to emulate; the way he did things; the way he could build consensus and bring people together,” said Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
A letter was sent on behalf of the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE) to Attorney General Fox to convey their undisputed support of this tribute to Mazurek.
“The SAGE membership wanted to reflect in this letter that during his service as attorney general, Joe Mazurek served not only as an outstanding representative and official of his state, but was also an important resource and moral influence on attorneys general throughout the country,” wrote Jim McPherson, NAAG executive director. “He always used his strength of character and professionalism to bring opposing parties together and to have state attorneys general cooperate, whether Democrat or Republican, in a truly bipartisan and effective way,” he added.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, and former Montana attorney general (2009-2013), also addressed the crowd. Gov. Bullock worked closely with Mazurek during his campaign for attorney general and as he could recall, Mazurek could only speak kindly about people, and vice versa. “He was a guy who was nice to everyone he met,” said Gov. Bullock.
During the ceremony, Mazurek’s brother David recollected some of his most cherished memories of Joe’s career. He noted his brother’s longtime support of public employees and his devotion to his family, community, and state. David also recalled how Joe would routinely conclude conversations with colleagues with the phrase, “Be happy in your work.”
Those words, “Be happy in your work,” are now displayed in tile work on a plaque in the memorial gardens of the Justice Building. Mazurek’s three sons, Tom, Jeff, and Dan, proudly unveiled the plaque touting their father’s most memorable phrase that now resonates with so many of his constituents in the community of public service.