Oregon's last Republican governor was remembered Monday as a gracious statesman who helped guide the state through a recession and the beginning of the end of its reliance on timber.

A family spokesman said Vic Atiyeh died Sunday night of complications from renal failure. He was 91.

Atiyeh died one of the most recognizable members of the Oregon GOP, both a testament to his enduring popularity and a reflection of the Oregon Republican Party's recent inability to put candidates in statewide offices.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican representative, says Atiyeh left the state better than he found it.

He served two terms, beginning in 1979. He left office in 1987.