Tribute to Taxpayer hero Don McIntire. He passed away this week.

Taxpayer hero and pioneer for lower taxes and limited government has passed away from a heart attack.

Because McInitre was touched so many lives and he was involved in so many causes, if you wish to honor his life, please email your tribute to [email protected] so we can honor him at his upcoming memorial and to put it into record for his legacy and Oregon archives.

“Don McIntire is a hero to every Oregonian. As the father of Ballot measure five and a tireless advocate for free markets and limited government. People who live in Oregon may not even know that he saved them billions of dollars, collectively, over the decades. He gave generously of his time and effort and his personal funds to gather signatures, write ballot measures, and fight the fights that too few are willing to even enter these days. Don was a hunter, and a lover of wine, and a great friend and I will miss him sorely.” – Lars Larson

“Don McIntire was the co-founder of Taxpayer Association Oregon. One of the most common phone calls we received over 12 years was from senior citizens saying ‘If it wasn’t for Don McIntire I wouldn’t be able to live in my home today’ in their heartfelt gratitude for Measure 5 property tax limitation. Those calls continued even decades since the measure passed. That to me says it best. He fought government corruption,“
– Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association of Oregon

“He was bigger than life. What he did politically he did it for the right reasons.”
Gregg Clapper

“What people need to know about McInitre is that he gave most of his life as a volunteer to dozens of ballot measures, candidates, rallies, articles and door walking. He wasn’t paid, he did it for taxpayers. He would travel four hours across Oregon just to attend a 20 minute meeting to share about an important ballot measure.”
Craig Flynn

“Don McIntire was a giant in Oregon’s limited government movement. He gave tirelessly of himself for literally decades to reign in the government he thought was too large and too intrusive. I had the honor of working with him on a number of campaigns, including the one he became famous for, Measure 5 in 1990. That property tax limitation saved Oregon property owners over five billion dollars in its first ten years alone. Every Oregonian who wants to keep government in check owes Don McIntire a huge debt of gratitude.”
Steve Buckstein
Senior Policy Analyst and founder
Cascade Policy Institute

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  • Travis Diskin

    Really sad. He was a pioneer and protector of out precious initiative system that has taken so many hits over the years. A fitting tribute would be to restore the peoples rights and remove the false impediments to our direct democracy. My prayers are with his friends and family.

  • Victoria Taft

    “He Did it For the Right Reasons.” Don Mc Intire, Rest In Peace and From Grateful Conservatives: Thank You.Art: 1859Don McIntire died today and Oregon is the poorer for his passing.

    The gimlet eyed tax rebel was more than the father of Measure 5, a measure reviled by the left–especially the Portland teachers union-he was a man who sought to make Oregon more equitable. For everyone.

    He was found dead today at his Gresham home.

    Don suffered from arrhythmia, but his official cause of death is not known. He was a swimmer and exercised often. And he also enjoyed a fine cigar and an occasional shot of whiskey.

    Don had just come back earlier in the week from a ‘boy’s trip’ with his road buddies and had, as usual, the time of his life. There were plenty of war stories, laughing and scratching.

    His close friend, Gregg Clapper, told me today that,

    “Don was the best guy ever. He’s one of very few guys who did it [political involvement] for the right reasons. He wasn’t in it for the bucks or for power. He was in it to fight the shit heads. That’s why he did it.”
    Lift a single malt and take a puff on your Padrone for Don McIntire today. And when you pay your taxes in Oregon in the next few months, do it again.

    Posted byVictoria Taft, 11am – 3pm KPAM 860at11:37

  • Dave Lister

    One of my favorite stories about Don:
    Don was debating retired teachers
    over PERS. He was saying that now that people were living longer they had to
    adjust for that. One of the teachers said it wouldn’t be fair to change her
    existing retirement. Don said “Fine… just die when you are supposed

  • Ask Damascus

    If not for Don’s patience,
    direction and energy, the many government limiting and citizen
    enabling initiatives in Damascus would have taken much longer or not
    happened at all. His generosity of time and wisdom along with humor
    will be sorely missed.

    Ask Damascus has lost a true
    hero and friend but Romaine and Perry have lost much more and our
    prayers are with them.

    Ask Damascus currently
    carries a final measure from Don. It is a city spending limit that
    like others he birthed gives power to citzens at the expense of
    burgeoning government. I was very fortunate to have such a
    friendship as his and will always treasure the experience.

    We will carry his final gift
    to the finishline and celebrate the way he would want us to, just as
    if he were there, because he is.

    Another salute to a job well
    done, a life well lived and principles upheld.

    Dan Phegley and Ask

  • bill sizemore

    So long, Don. Rest in peace. One of my fondest memories in politics is debating you over Measure 47 v. Measure 50 in 1997. The liberals were beside themselves. With Measure 50, taxpayers got an $865 million property tax cut, the double majority, and a three percent cap on property tax increases. With Measure 47, they got a $1.1 billion tax cut, the double majority, and the same three percent cap on property tax increases. Either way, the taxpayers won and the liberals lost. I loved watching them squirm at the two choices we gave them.
    You and I had our differences over the years, but never on substance. You were the champion of the tax revolt and changed the state in ways that liberals hated, which only proves that you were right. I am sorry that you are gone. You were a treasure.

  • Judahlevi

    I didn’t know Don well (we were involved in a commercial real estate transaction once) but as a taxpayer, I sincerely appreciated his energy and devotion in reducing government taxes and waste. As with so much of life, most people die without having made a difference. Don’s life did make a difference. It takes bravery, determination, and free thinking to combat the liberal orthodoxy in Oregon – and Don did it with style.

    RIP to a man who had the courage, independent thought, and convictions to make a positive difference in the lives of all Oregonians.

  • scatcatpdx

    Rest in peace

  • conservatively speaking

    Don McIntire, an uncommonly good common sense man for Oregon. Like Tom McCall, his visit (stay) here not nearly long enough.

    This man greatly and rightly so, deserves some lasting public memorial – not the least of which, regular McIntire Silver Fleece awards recognizing government gone wild issues -and, for good measure, renaming the street that runs by Metro headquarters. Ah yes, indeed, most taxpayer’s believe that would be just Grand!

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