Louis Gary Hoagland was born in Albany, California on June 9, 1939. When he was three his father accepted a position as assayer chemist for the State of Oregon and the family moved to Multnomah. Several years later the family moved to southeast Portland where Gary graduated from Cleveland High School.
Gary attended Brigham Young University where he met and married Loretta Bingham. Since Gary wanted to go into the hotel business, they soon moved to Lansing Michigan to attend Michigan State University. Gary got a part time job at a local hotel and was quickly promoted to higher positions.
After several years with major hotel chains, he was hired by Inter-Continental Hotels as a Financial Director. His territory stretched from London, England to Dhaka, Bangladesh. He switched to Operations and managed Inter-Continental Hotels internationally. In 1979 he was managing the Inter-Continental Hotel in Iran when the revolution broke out. While most of the hotels closed in Tehran for lack of business, the Inter-Continental Hotel stayed open at almost full capacity because the international press corps was staying there. All the Iranian employees stayed on, and at Gary’s command, turned fire hoses on rioters breaking into the hotel. Later it was learned the Iranian employees stayed because, in their words “He was an honest man.”
Early in the revolution, the American embassy was attacked and the American ambassador captured. Gary got a telephone call from the head of security. He told Gary he was hiding behind his desk as bullets flew through his office windows. He knew the press corps was staying at the Inter-Continental and had contacts with Khomeini’s people. Gary got in touch with the reporters; word was sent to Khomeini’s people, and the American captives were released on Khomeini’s orders. This early takeover is mostly forgotten. Months later the embassy was attacked and Americans were held as prisoners for 444 days before being released.
After leaving Tehran, Gary was sent to Thailand to manage the Siam Inter-Continental Hotel. A few years later he decided to leave the corporate world and start his own business. He purchased several lodging properties in Oregon - Trollers Lodge in Depoe Bay, the Captain Cook in Lincoln City, the River House and Old Town Inn in Florence, and the Salina Super 8 in Central Utah. Today all the properties he owns rank high on Trip Advisor.
Gary was a born leader and served on numerous boards, including the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Newport Oregon hospital. He was a member of Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow for his generous contributions to humanitarian causes worldwide.
When living in Depoe Bay he was elected mayor. There he contributed generously to Neighbors for Kids, a highly successful after school program.
He passed away in Lake Oswego, Oregon on May 23, 2018. He is survived by his wife Loretta and his daughters Kelly Moore and Stacy Walker, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at the Florence Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2765 Munsel Creek Road on June 8 at 11 AM.