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We are saddened by passing of former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman

We are saddened at the news announced Sunday night that former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman — the father of current state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman — has passed away at the age of 87.

Corman, who, like his son, represented Mifflin and Juniata counties as part of his senatoral district, was renown for his influence among the state’s Republican Party. Corman also championed giving increased liability protection to property owners who permitted the public to us their land for free, lowering taxes and making needed improvements to the state’s welfare system before his retirement in 1998.

He also served on the state Senate transportation committee.

“I am heartbroken to share on behalf of my family that our beloved father J. Doyle Corman Jr. has died peacefully at home surrounded by his family,” Sen. Jake Corman said in a statement. “Dad always remained grateful for the privilege to serve the people of Central Pennsylvania as their state Senator for more than 20 years. He was a man of deep conviction whose devotion to making our community a better place guided his life and career.

“Still, Dad was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather first and a senator second. There are no other titles in which he took greater pride. While in the coming days, many will remember him for his service to this commonwealth, Dad’s lasting legacy is the example by which he lived, his expectations of us and the love he had for Mom and all of us.”

Including the current state senator, Corman and his wife Becky had five children.

Our condolences go out to the Corman family and for all the citizens of the Juniata Valley, whose lives were improved by the work of J. Doyle Corman.

Our area and Pennsylvania as a whole are better for his service.

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