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Atiyeh public memorial service Sept. 3

Former governor will be honored at Capitol.


The public memorial service for former Gov. Vic Atiyeh has been scheduled.

The service will start at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 in the House chamber at the Capitol in Salem. Speakers have not yet been announced.

Atiyeh was governor from 1979 to 1987. He died July 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland of complications from renal failure. He was 91.

Atiyeh lived in Raleigh Hills, outside Beaverton. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dolores; a son, Tom; a daughter Suzanne; five grandchildren; his brother, Ed, and wife Karen, and three nieces.

A private service and burial took place July 25.

The service will follow a pattern for recent governors, two of whom also had private funerals.

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 1978 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.

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