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Oregon state Representative Gary Leif dies in Roseburg

Leif was raised in Douglas County and owned a business there for more than 40 years.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 11:09 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 4:38 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Oregon state Representative Gary Leif died in Roseburg on Thursday, and the news was quickly followed by an outpouring of remembrances from his former colleagues on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and from leaders of the Oregon legislature.

In a statement, the Douglas County Board said Leif died unexpectedly. They also extended their condolences to the man’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Gary showed up his first day as County Commissioner ready to hit the ground running. His enthusiasm about serving this county was infectious, and he worked hard during his time as a County Commissioner,” remarked Commissioner Chris Boice.

Leif was raised in Douglas County and owned a business there for more than 40 years.

In May 18, 2016, he was elected as the 105th Douglas County Commissioner. He vacated his position more than a year early to accept an appointment as representative for House District 2, taking the place of Dallas Heard, who was appointed to a state senate position.

Leif was seven months into his third term as a state representative. House District 2 includes parts of Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties and was previously represented by current Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman.

“I was honored to work alongside Gary as a County Commissioner, and proud of him for stepping up to the State level during a very demanding and difficult time. His dedication and willingness to serve the citizens of Douglas County and his District will forever be remembered,” commented Freeman.

Leif also served on the Board of Directors for the United Community Action Network, which aims to provide resources and opportunities to residents experiencing poverty.

“Roseburg lost one of its great champions today," said Senate President Peter Courtney. "Gary was a good person. Everyone liked him. He liked being a legislator and he was a good one. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

“It was an honor and a privilege to work with Representative Leif over the last several years," said Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod. "It was a pleasure to serve with him on the Ways and Means committee this last session. He was an honest and hard-working representative for the people of Southern Oregon. His common-sense approach to issues was a bright spot in the legislature, one that will not be easily filled. I am praying for his wife, family, and friends during this difficult time.”

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