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Gerry Frank, considered ‘Mr. Oregon,’ dies at age 98

Terry Lundgren, retired CEO of Macy’s, greets Gerry Frank at the dedication on Friday, July 23, of the new The Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater in Riverfront Park. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

UPDATE Sunday 6:30 p.m.: A statement from the family has been added.

Gerry Frank, a lifelong Oregonian who made imprints in business, politics and philanthropy, died in Salem on Sunday, March 13. He was 98.

Frank’s fingerprints are left on all parts of Oregon. He was force in public and in private to advance the state he loved. And his love for chocolate was unmatched.

Frank was proud of being a fourth-generation Oregonian, and part of the namesake family that founded the department store chain Meier & Frank.

"Following a long and fruitful life . . .