Wayne E. Brandt, born Oct. 1, 1957, died in Duluth on Sept. 12, 2019, just ahead of his 62nd birthday, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Wayne was born in Willmar and moved to Duluth to attend UMD, from which he graduated.
Wayne’s career was a mix of politics and advocacy, beginning as a campaign aide for Rep. Jim Oberstar. Wayne also worked on Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign and the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.
Wayne’s career also included positions with the Seafarers International Union and for the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota. But what he was most known for was serving 30 years as executive vice president of Minnesota Forest Industries and the Minnesota Timber Producers Association (both based in Duluth), advocating for the forest products industry in St. Paul and Washington, D.C.
Wayne served on many forest-related boards and committees, including the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, to which he was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson. Wayne was still on the Council when he passed away.
Wayne was a member of First Lutheran Church and Ridgeview Country Club, and was a former member of the Spirit Mountain board of directors.
Arrangements with Dougherty Funeral Home are pending.