Mark White
Former Texas Governor Mark White leaves memorial services for Enron founder Ken Lay at the First United Methodist Church in Houston July 12, 2006. Reuters/Richard Carson/File Photo

Former Texas Governor Mark White, who was known for his education reforms, died Saturday at the age of 77. The news of his death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his wife Linda Gale White and son Andrew.

According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, White died of a heart attack at his residence in Houston.

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Days before his death, in a lengthy interview with the Houston Chronicle, White grieved over how the political landscape has changed in the recent years. "I never give up on this state, on this country. That's what you learn after being in politics as long as I have. If you give up, then you're part of the problem,” he said at the time.

“Mark was always someone who did what was right,” said Mark Miller, White’s long time friend and a political consultant.

Born March 17, 1940, in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas, White served as the 43rd governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987. He also served as the Texas attorney general from 1979 to 83 and secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.

White graduated from the Baylor University in 1962 and earned a degree in law from the Baylor Law School in 1965.

According to Net Worth Room, Mark White’s net worth is estimated at $5,876,345 as of 2017.

As the news of his death spread, Democrats, Republicans extended their condolences to the former governor’s family.

Expressing his deepest condolences for White’s family, former president George W. Bush said: “Laura and I are saddened by the passing of Mark White, the 43rd Governor of Texas. Mark served the Lone Star State with enthusiasm and dedication. He cared deeply about all the citizens of our state and placed a special focus on Texas children and their education. We send our heartfelt sympathies to Linda Gale and their family as they mourn this good man."

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Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement following White’s death. It read: “Mark White cared deeply about Texas, and he devoted his life to making our state even better, particularly when it came to educating our children. My personal relationship and friendship with Governor White date to when I was a young lawyer in Houston and we shared an elevator bank.

“Mark’s impact on Texas will not soon be forgotten, and his legacy will live on through all that he achieved as Governor. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to Linda Gale White and family during this difficult time, and I ask that all Texans join us in praying for the White family as they mourn the passing of a devoted husband, father and public servant.”

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry too released a statement condoling White’s death. “Texas lost a dedicated public servant today with the passing of Gov. Mark White. Anita and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family,” Perry said, NBC 5 reported.