The father of a local lawmaker and business owner died Thursday of health complications following a battle with cancer. Roland Basmeson, 80, was father to Nora Espinoza, a Roswell Republican serving in the state House of Representatives.
â€œHe was just a great man â€” very giving and very kind,â€ Espinoza said. â€œI know heâ€™s in a better place … (but) itâ€™s just one of those things in your life you do not want.â€ The lawmaker said she spent a week with her father at his home in Orlando prior to the start of the legislative session. Basmeson was a Korean War veteran.