CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney have all expressed condolences to the family of Wyoming-based investor and conservative politician Foster Friess, who died on Thursday.
“First and foremost, Foster Friess was a servant of God. A generous philanthropist, devout Christian and unwavering patriot, he was dedicated to improving the lives of people around the globe,” Lummis said. “With his heartwarming grin, infectious enthusiasm, and fun-loving spirit, Foster lit up every room he walked into.”
“Communities across the Cowboy State were made better by his generosity and advocacy for better education, healthcare and government transparency. I was honored to call him friend. My heart is with Lynn and his entire family.”
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Barrasso said Friess was a “one-of-a-kind businessman, philanthropist and personality.”
“He had an unwavering commitment to God, his country, his family and those less fortunate,” Barrasso said via Twitter. “Bobbi and I will miss his good nature and his warm heart.”
Cheney also offered her condolences to the Friess family, “in particular his wife of nearly 60 years Lynn and his four children.”
“His love of Wyoming, service to our state, and legacy of philanthropy will never be forgotten,” Cheney said via Twitter. “May he Rest In Peace.”
A post made to Friess’ Twitter account on Thursday announced his death:
Friess was remembered by various members of the conservative political sphere on Twitter Thursday afternoon, including Former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Senator Rand Paul, and a joint account belonging to former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and his wife Candy.
In 2017 Friess was rumored to be exploring a possible run for the United States Senator for Wyoming. However, in April 2018, he instead entered a crowded field to replace term-limited GOP Governor Matt Mead.
Friess was defeated lost in the primary, coming in second to Gordon, who eventually won the Governorship.
Remembrance services will be reportedly held in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin, according to an obituary posted on Cowboy State Daily, a media outlet in which Friess is identified as an investor, Freiss died Thursday while surrounded by family.