HERMISTON (AP) — The 80-year-old mayor of the northeast Oregon town of Hermiston has died following a heart attack.
The East Oregonian reports that Bob Severson died Monday night. He was hospitalized after a heart attack last Friday.
The newspaper says Severson opened Bob’s Red Apple grocery after moving to the city in 1969. He later became president of the Rotary Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce board. He served as a city councilor from 1994 to 2000 and became mayor in 2001.
As mayor, Severson was on a committee to bring the Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center to Hermiston, helped form the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, and supported a new wastewater treatment project beginning construction in January.
City Manager Ed Brookshier also cited Severson’s role in developing a regional water system with the city of Umatilla.