Representative John Palasik, a longtime Milton resident who had represented the town in the Vermont House since 2019, died Tuesday morning. He was 68.
John Palasik’s Cause of Death
On November 15, 2022, John Palasik passed away after battling a lengthy illness. Growing up in Milton, Palasik spent decades working as a police officer there and in Winooski, as well as in the National Guard. He had been ailing for a while and passed away this morning at a hospice, according to officials. Milton is having a depressing day, according to town manager Don Turner. The funeral will be held on Saturday. State flags have been lowered at half-staff as a mark of respect for Palasik by Governor Phil Scott.
The Milton Republican first won a seat in the Statehouse in 2018. In addition, he held positions in the Milton Police, the Vermont National Guard, and the Army. Governor Phil Scott announced in a statement that Palasik passed away on Tuesday morning. “John brought his knowledge and valuable viewpoint to Montpelier, where he consistently fought for his hometown of Milton. We will miss his voice and contributions at the Statehouse,” Scott added. On the day of Palasik’s funeral, the Vermont state flag will be flown at half-staff.
Who is John Palasik
John Palasik, a Republican from Milton in Chittenden County, has lived there since 1966. He joined the US Army and served for six years on active service before spending three years in the Vermont Army National Guard. After working for the Milton Police Department for the last 30 years of his 37-year career, John is a retired police officer. Additionally, he ran Milton Rescue for 16 years while serving the municipality of Milton, and he has had a small business for 20 years. He was recently elected as a Justice of the Peace and currently serves on the Milton Select Board. John is married with two daughters, a baby grandchild, and two sons.
The announcement of Palasik’s passing came from Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday afternoon. He noted that the Republican lawmaker “brought his experience and valued viewpoint to Montpelier, where he consistently campaigned for his community.”
Scott said, “We will miss his voice and contributions in the State House.” Palasik decided not to run for reelection this year, saying earlier this year that he wanted to spend more time with his family, especially his young grandson. A “wonderful man,” as Turner described Palasik. The municipal manager described him as a genuine community servant. The people of this community and our state benefited greatly from his generosity
Bills and Resolutions Sponsored by Representative John Palasik
H.165 – An act relating to increasing penalties for using a portable electronic device while operating a moving motor vehicle
H.174 -An act relating to limits on the prescription of opioids and creating a private right of action for prescriptions above those limits
H.320 -An act relating to reduced motor vehicle registration fees for veterans, exempting certain pensions from taxable income, and the maintenance of a database of veterans in Vermont
H.376 -An act relating to creating the Public Safety Dispatch Study Committee
H.387 -An act relating to the enforcement of the requirements for the posting of land
H.390 -An act relating to rental housing and installation of antennas
H.405 -An act relating to harassing marketing or solicitation of vulnerable adults
H.686 -An act relating to coding and billing standards for surgical revision after chest wall reconstruction