The governor's office says former state legislator Sid Snyder died Sunday at his home in Long Beach. He was 86.
Gov. Chris Gregoire says Snyder was "legendary for getting things done and for his never-failing courtesy and civility."
Snyder started work in Olympia in 1949 as an elevator operator and over five decades became Senate majority leader.
In Long Beach he owned and operated Sid's Market for 55 years.