Governor Cecil Andrus and President Jimmy Carter were close friends. Andrus served as the 42nd United States Secretary of the Interior under President Carter. The following is President Carter's statement on the passing of his friend and colleague Cecil Andrus.
“Rosalynn and I join thousand across our nation in mourning the passing of Cecil Andrus, a friend from the time we served together as governors. Cece was the only person I considered for the cabinet post of secretary of the interior, and together we made conservation history with the successful passage of the Alaska lands legislation, which doubled the size of the National Parks, established large additions to the National Wildlife Refuge System, designated new wild and scenic rivers and protected for future generations entire ecosystems such as the Gates of the Arctic.
A special memory Rosalynn and I cherish is the float trip with Carol and Cece down the Middle Fork of the Salmon, competing in catching the most trout. Cece loved the outdoors and was a genuine conservationist. Americans are better off because of his service, and I am better because of his friendship.”
~ President Jimmy Carter