Warren Kan, 80, of Seaside, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Beaverton.
He was born April 12, 1931, in Seattle, to Frank F. and Yok Ping (Ching) Kan.
He moved to Seaside in 1937. After graduating from Seaside High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in food technology from Oregon State College in 1953.
Following college, he served in the U.S. Army for two years.
On June 21, 1958, he married Irene Tanaka in Shoshone, Idaho. She survives, residing in Seaside.
After his military service, Mr. Kan went to work for Oregon Fruit Products Company in Salem. In 1966, he moved his family back to Seaside to assume management of the Hankow Inn Restaurant, which had been established in 1939 by his parents, who retired. He and his wife ran the Chinese restaurant until 1991.
For many years, he was an active member of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, promoting the town's economic development. To attract convention and entertainment business, he advocated the building of a convention center and lobbied for giving Broadway a face lift with landscaping. In the 1980s, he developed Sand Dollar Square, a mini-mall, on Broadway. In 1992, he opened Cannes Cinema on 12th Avenue, and in 2000 he opened MicroTel on Holladay Drive. Until his death, he operated Shearwater Clothing and Gallery, Creative Juice and Marco Polo Connection restaurant, which opened in July.
In 1993, he was elected to serve on the Astoria Port Commission.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Pam Kan-Rice of Moraga, Calif.; a son, Marc Kan of Seaside; two brothers, Herman Kan of Seattle and Arnold Kan of Aloha; two sisters, Irene Tso and Ellen Kan of Yakima, Wash.; and eight nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private interment Thursday. At a date to be announced later, the family will hold a public memorial service.
Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries in Seaside is in charge of the arrangements.