A state funeral for former Alberta premier Don Getty will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton.

Until then, members of the public can pay tribute to former premier Don Getty by signing memorial books in Edmonton and Calgary.

The condolence books are open in the Alberta Legislature's rotunda in Edmonton, and at the McDougall Centre in Calgary. 

A few signatures began to fill the book shortly after it was put out in Edmonton on Saturday.

The Alberta government also has a website where the public can offer their condolences to the Getty family. 

Condolence book

A public memorial book for Getty began filling with signatures on Saturday. (CBC)

Don Getty won two Grey Cups as a professional football player before winning two elections as Alberta premier. He was a statesman who fought for the Meech Lake Accord and led the province through tough economic times. Part of his legacy was the creation of Family Day. He died of heart failure Friday at age 82.

"He was successful in everything that he did," his son, Darin, said of the late Alberta Tory leader. "He was a great father ... a great family man, and a great husband. He fought right 'til the bitter end."