Hundreds turn out for Hatfield memorial

Published:

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- More than 600 people have turned out for a memorial service for former Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton.

The Oregonian reports http://bit.ly/opeshQ that Visko Hatfield called it remarkable to see the outpouring of love and support Saturday for his father.

The former two-term Republican governor of Oregon and long-time U.S. senator died last Sunday at age 89.

A private funeral service took place Wednesday in Portland, with burial at Willamette National Cemetery.

Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden Smith succeeded Hatfield after his 1997 retirement. Smith says he regarded him as an incomparable mentor.

Former Senate chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie and others remembered Hatfield as a statesman whose faith defined his conviction. Ogilvie says he ability to bridge differences led to some of his greatest accomplishments.

___

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com