TALLAHASSEE — Former House Speaker Donald L. Tucker died late Tuesday night, ending a 20-year fight against cancer. Elected to the Florida House in 1966, Tucker served until 1978 and was the only member in modern times to serve two terms as speaker.
Tucker was 84 and lived in Tallahassee where he worked as a lobbyist for many years after retiring from the Legislature. He grew up in Crawfordville south of Tallahassee, the son of state Sen. Luther C. Tucker.
Tallahassee’s Civic Center bears his name as a result of funding he helped the city acquire for its construction.