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Mount Angel Mayor Don Fleck passed away Sunday, June 26, of natural causes at his home.

Mount Angel residents are in mourning after losing their beloved civic leader.

The city of Mount Angel reported Wednesday, June 29, that Mayor Don Fleck died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, June 26.

Fleck has served as Mount Angel's mayor for the past 1 ½ years, and city officials stressed that he had been a significant leader for the community for many years.

Fleck served two terms on the Mount Angel City Council prior becoming the mayor. COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF MOUNT ANGEL - Don Fleck

Mount Angel City Manager and Police Chief Mark Daniel said Fleck routinely volunteered his time and service to the members of the community "tirelessly, willingly and humbly."

Fleck also served as a Salem firefighter and as the Mount Angel Fire Chief.

"Mayor Fleck's last items of attention prior to his untimely death were negotiating with property owners for easements, to complete the city's West Marquam Sanitary Sewer Trunk Line Project," Daniel noted. "Mayor Fleck had a particular interest in public works projects and headed up the city's Infrastructure Task Force in 2011, which established a roadmap of projects to improve city infrastructure -- water, sewer and streets."

Daniel added that Fleck was a force in advocating for small business and for community members to buy local, determined to support local residents and their businesses.

Fleck was also a strong supporter of the annual Oktoberfest, and everything that went into making it an annual success. During and after the lifting of restrictions as a result of COVID-19, Fleck hosted monthly virtual meetings of Mount Angel community leaders to foster strong communication between organizations and people with aims to deliver quality service to the members of the community.

"Fleck was always complimentary of others and recognized the efforts made to continue or improve service provided in Mount Angel," Daniel said. "(He) was a man of compassion and thought. He was a great communicator and friend to all that he encountered ... well-respected and will be missed by all who knew and worked with him."

Fleck's obituary states: "His awards and accolades are numerous. His strong and humble life was a blessing to those who knew him and a gift to those who loved him."

Daniel said Mount Angel Police officers have donned mourning bands and the city's American Flag at City Hall is being flown at half-staff in honor of Fleck and his service to the community.

Arrangements

Services for Mayor Fleck are at noon on Friday, July 1. Graveside service will be at Calvary Cemetery, Mount Angel. A 1 p.m. memorial service will follow at the Mount Angel Festhalle. Mount Angel City Hall and Public Works will be closed at 11 a.m. Friday to allow staff to attend the funeral and memorial services.

Donations in honor of Mayor Fleck may be made to the Mount Angel Volunteer Firefighters Association and Salem Professional Firefighters. Services provided by Unger Funeral Chapel.


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