By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Former Keizer Mayor and current Keizer City Council president Dennis Koho suffered a heart attack last Saturday, Feb. 6 and was taken to Salem Hospital.
As of press time Wednesday, Koho remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
Koho was Keizer’s third mayor, serving in that capacity from 1993 to 1999. He served on the council from 1991 to 1993 and returned to office in the fall of 2012. He told the Keizertimes last week he would not be running for another term this fall.
Koho operates the Koho & Beatty law firm in Keizer with Eleanor Beatty.
Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley confirmed Tuesday morning he’d heard Koho had been in the ICU after a cardiac event over the weekend. Mark Glyzewski, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed Tuesday morning Koho was still in critical condition.
Koho’s wife, Lori, called the Keizertimes Tuesday afternoon and asked that no visitors try to see her husband at the hospital. She also noted there was no room for flowers and asked for privacy.
On Tuesday evening, Lori posted on her husband’s Facebook page.
“Dennis had a heart attack on Saturday and is in critical condition,” Lori wrote. “We have asked that only family visit and I’ll try to periodically update his status here. It’s comforting to know Dennis is in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lori also posted a short message on Wednesday morning.
“Dennis had a peaceful evening. Still in critical condition but at least stable,” she wrote.
Current Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark attended the Salem Keizer Volcanoes Winter Sports Banquet on Feb. 5 along with Koho and others.
“He seemed fine,” Clark said. “I was pretty much blindsided when I heard the news. We will be keeping him in our prayers.”
Clark noted Koho had helped her greatly in the past year during her transition from council to the mayor’s seat.
“He’s been a good sounding board, while recognizing things have changed significantly since he was mayor,” Clark said. “He has great knowledge of the history of Keizer and a great sense of humor.”