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King remembered as fair judge and caring citizen

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Judge Samuel P. King Judge Samuel P. King
King's daughter, Louise Lanzilotti King's daughter, Louise Lanzilotti
Mark Recktenwald Mark Recktenwald

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hundreds of people, from all walks of life, gathered at St. Andrews' Cathedral Wednesday afternoon for Judge Samuel P. King's memorial service.

King was a giant in Hawaii law, an influential force in island politics, and a respected citizen of the state.

"In every way that he could he tried to make Hawaii a better place, and America," said daughter Louise Lanzilotti. "He was an American and a Hawaiian and very proud of both of those things," she added.

"He was a great role model, a wonderful person, warm and caring. He was a strong intelligent, wise judge, and he was a great role model for me and many other lawyers in the community," said Mark Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

King was born in China where his father was stationed in the U.S. Navy. King later joined the Navy. He ran as republican candidate for governor of Hawaii in 1970 losing to democrat John Burns. In 1972 President Richard Nixon appointed King to serve as a federal judge in Honolulu. King kept the job until his death December 7 when he died at the age of 94.

U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, former Governor Linda Lingle, former Lt. Governor Jean King, and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle were among the dignitaries who attended King's service. Also in the crowd, a woman who said she graduated from Punahou School with King in 1933, law clerks from federal court, and friends who have lived life out of the public eye.

"He was the kind of person that treated the highest of the high and the lowest of the low just the same. I mean if you went into the federal building, he knew all the people who worked there. He knew their families. So he'd be very gratified by all the dignitaries that are coming, but just as gratified, I think even more so, that just ordinary people would come," son Sam King Jr. said after seeing people from all walks of life at his father's memorial service.

"We'll miss his humor. We'll miss his integrity, his intelligence, his warmth, and his commitment to his community. And those are all things that in many ways are irreplaceable but hopefully they'll live on in the minds and hearts of people throughout the state," Recktenwald said.

King is survived by his wife Anne, sister Pauline King, son Sam King Jr. daughters Louise Lanzilotti and Charlotte Stretch, and six grandchildren.

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