House 1953-62 (District 40)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Attorney and Municipal Bond Consultant; Peterson, Popovich and Marsden Law Firm
St. Mary's Point; Elementary School;
Chisholm High School; Secondary; Graduate
Hibbing Junior College; A.A.;
University of Minnesota; B.A.; 1942 or 1943
St. Paul College of Law; LL.B.; 1947
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Minnesota Territorial Centennial Office;
19?? to 19??
United States Circuit Court (Law Librarian for Judge John B. Sanborn);
19?? to 19??
Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission (Chair);
1955 to 1959
Minnesota Court of Appeals (Chief Judge, Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich);
11/02/1983 to 1987
Minnesota Supreme Court (Justice, Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich);
11/16/1987 to 1989
Minnesota Supreme Court (Chief Justice);
02/01/1989 to 11/30/1990
Dorothy Lee (married in 1944, spouse while in office, divorced around 1962); Gail Prince Javorina (remarried in 1985, after he left office)
Four children (while in office); Three stepchildren (after he left office): Vicki, Dorothy, and Suzanne (daughters with Dorothy); Stephen (son, with Dorothy); Michelle Javorina (stepdaughter), Paul Javorina and Stephen Javorina (stepsons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was of Yugoslavian ancestry.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Legislature in the 1950 election.
He contracted polio in the late 1940s.
He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. (Minnesota History, Fall 2008, p. 104)
He was Vulcanus Rex in the St. Paul Winter Carnival in 1952.
He died of multiple organ failure at Midway Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. His funeral was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lakeland, Minnesota.
Religion provided by Minnesota History, Fall 2008, p. 104.