The former premier Don Getty passed away early Friday morning at the age of 82 according a family spokesperson.
Don Getty helped steer Alberta through the economic slowdown and falling energy prices of the 1980s.
Getty was born in Quebec in 1933 and grew up to be a football star in high school and university as he headed to Alberta in 1955 to play quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos.
He played ten seasons in Edmonton, winning two Grey Cups.
It was in that football dresssing room where Getty met his teammate and former premier, Peter Lougheed who convinced him to get into politics with the Progressive Conservative party.
Getty was elected in 1967 as a minister of intergovernmental affairs and energy.
In 1986, Getty would go on to lead the Tories to a majority government winning 61 of 83 seats as Alberta’s 11th premier.
He leaves behind his wife Margaret and four sons.