Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Local Weather

Cloudy

66°F

Portland

Cloudy

Humidity: 75%

Wind: 6 mph

  • 22 Sep 2014

    Cloudy 76°F 62°F

  • 23 Sep 2014

    Showers 73°F 62°F


Public memorial service for Atiyeh eyed in September

Private funeral is set Friday.


A private service and funeral for former Gov. Vic Atiyeh was conducted Friday for family members and close friends.

Atiyeh died July 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure. He was 91.

Denny Miles, a family spokesman and Atiyeh's communications director during his governorship, says a public memorial service at the Capitol in Salem is in the planning stages.

"While the date has not been locked up, we are targeting Sept. 3 in the House chamber," Miles says.

Miles said details await confirmation of attendance from various people the former governor would have wanted there.

Among the survivors are his wife, Dolores; his son, Tom; his daughter, Suzanne; five grandchildren; his brother, Ed, and wife Karen, and three nieces.

Atiyeh was a Republican who was governor from 1979 to 1987.

He spent 28 years in the Capitol in public life, having been a representative for six years and a senator for 14 years — including six as Republican leader — before he was elected governor.

The proposed Capitol memorial service would fit the pattern for recent governors, two of whom had private funerals.

Tom McCall's funeral was conducted in the House chamber on Jan. 12, 1983, four days after the death of the former Republican governor — and just two days after Atiyeh took the oath for his second term. McCall's burial was in Redmond.

Bob Straub's memorial service was conducted in the House chamber on Dec. 18, 2002, three weeks after the death of the former Democratic governor.

In both instances, Atiyeh gave generous tributes to his predecessors and former political foes. Atiyeh turned back McCall's third-term comeback attempt in the 1978 GOP primary, then unseated Straub in the general election in a rematch of their 1974 contest.

Mark Hatfield's memorial service was conducted in the House chamber on Sept. 24, 2011, weeks after the former Republican governor and U.S. senator died on Aug. 7.

Atiyeh and his four Democratic successors — Neil Goldschmidt, Barbara Roberts, John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski — attended the Hatfield service. Kitzhaber, the incumbent who won a record third term in 2010, was the only one of them who spoke at the service.

Atiyeh beat Kulongoski in winning re-election in 1982. Until Kitzhaber beat Republican Bill Sizemore for his second term in 1998, Atiyeh's victory margin was the largest for a governor since 1950. Kulongoski won two terms of his own as governor 20 years later.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(503) 385-4899

twitter.com/capitolwong


Adds list of surviving family members published in earlier story.