- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Brady Adams, a former president of the Oregon Senate and a local booster who made fanciful sculptures of bears a signature of summer in downtown Grants Pass, has died. He was 70.

Evergreen Bank President Jeff Hyde tells The Grants Pass Daily Courier (https://bit.ly/1GljHJw ) that Adams died Monday. A former president of the bank himself, Adams had suffered for years from Parkinson’s disease.

Adams served as a Republican in the Legislature for eight years, and was Senate president for the 1997 and 1999 sessions, when he earned a reputation for fiscal conservatism.

In 2003, he started Bear Fest in Grants Pass. Commissioned artists rendered interpretations on sculptures of bears, which were set out on downtown sidewalks as a tourist attraction.

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Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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