Paul Thalhofer, the former longtime mayor and champion of all things Troutdale, died in Gresham on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Current Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust stated in an email that Thalhofer died at the Village Health Care facility in Gresham.

"He slipped into a coma earlier in the day and passed away in the afternoon," Daoust said. … Paul had a full life, but this is a sad day in Troutdale."

Thalhofer served as mayor for 16 years, preceded by 10 years on the City Council.

He was known for his keen sense of humor and his passionate advocacy for his city. When he retired, he provided this advice for anyone wanting to go into public service:

“Go into it with an attitude of making Troutdale a better place to live, not for selfish reasons. Work for all the citizens, not special interest groups. Legislation should benefit everyone. You really must be willing to make Troutdale a better place."

The Gresham Outlook will publish details about plans for services as they come available.

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