Republicans are mourning the loss of former state party chairman, Frederick Meyer. Meyer passed away today in Dallas at the age of 84. Meyer was a businessman, and served as the State Party Chairman from 1988-1994.

Current Republican Part of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri released this statement, today:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of former State Chairman Fred Meyer. When I was on the State Republican Executive Committee, Fred was the well-respected Chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party and building a strong organization in the Metroplex. I also well remember his time as State Chairman, as he had an excellent reputation for building up the Party’s infrastructure and taking care of the nuts and bolts of the political operations."

"I am most appreciative of the fact that since I have been State Chairman, Fred was very supportive of my efforts and that of the Party. He was one of the hosts for our Dallas County fundraiser and I have had the chance to visit with him multiple times since. I am particularly glad that a short time ago, I had an opportunity to visit with him at length. On behalf of all those that are active in the Party, I expressed to him how much we have all appreciated him and how his work laid the groundwork for where the Republican Party is today. He was a great American and patriot, and he will be missed."

This is Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst’s statement:

"We’ve lost a great Texan. Fred was a close friend, a stalwart businessman, and an incomparable leader in making Texas a conservative powerhouse. His tireless devotion to helping the business and political community, along with his generous philanthropy, should serve as a model for all Texans’ civic efforts. Tricia and I send our deepest condolences to the Meyer family and they will be in our thoughts and prayers."

Here is the statement released by former President George W. Bush

"Laura and I mourn the loss of our dear friend Fred Meyer. Fred helped build the Republican party in Texas, and we are grateful for his contributions to the Lone Star State. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and their children."