Former Governor Vic Atiyeh passes away

, Posted: Sun, July 20 2014 at 11:14 PM, Updated: Sun, July 20 2014 at 11:31 PM

Portland, Ore. -- Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died.

The former governor died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center from complications from renal failure.

He served as governor for the state of Oregon for eight years, from 1979 through 1987.

Atiyeh was the first Arab-American governor in the country. 

He is survived by his wife of 70 years and two children.

He was 91 years old.

House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement tonight upon learning of the passing of former governor Vic Atiyeh:  

"It is with deep sadness that House Republicans have learned of the passing of Vic Atiyeh. He was the epitome of a public servant and gave so much to so many in Oregon. Governor Atiyeh was quick to encourage this generation to work together to solve Oregon's problems. He was our example. He will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Atiyeh's family."

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