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Osmond Family Patriarch George Osmond

by Jennifer Dobner

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George and Olive Osmond

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group, The Osmond Brothers, died Tuesday, November 6 at his home in Provo, Utah. Because he had not been ill, he likely died from natural causes incident to his age, Family spokesman Kevin Sasaki said. He was 90.

The death was first reported on the "Entertainment Tonight" (ET) Web site and confirmed by The Associated Press through a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Osmond was a member. Less than a day before, his daughter, Marie Osmond, dedicated her latest performance on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to her parents.

Marie Osmond, a contestant on the hit ABC dance reality show, made headlines when she fainted following a live performance two weeks ago. She was due to appear on Tuesday night's results segment but instead boarded a plane in Los Angeles with her brother, Donny, for Utah to join the remaining Osmond family.

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George (far left) and Olive Osmond are pictured with

seven of their children in the early years. They are:

(from top, left to right): Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay;

(front to back, center) Jimmy, Marie and Donny.

"He was a man of integrity, of honor. He was the best man I've ever known," a tearful Marie told "Entertainment Tonight" Donny, said of his parents' influence in their lives, "We stuck together. Stayed together as a family. My hat's off to my parents." Their mother, Olive, died in 2004 at 79.

Marie Osmond performed Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars," with Donny in attendance. She's not the only 'Dancing' contestant to have lost a parent this season: Jane Seymour missed a show last month after the death of her mother, Mieke Frankenberg.

During World War II, George Osmond served in the Army and met his future wife, Olive, at a military depot where she worked as a secretary. George and Olive were married on December 1, 1944. Marie once said her father always wanted a big family. The couple were the parents of nine children, many of whom became singing stars.

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The Osmond Family are: (top row, left) Wayne, Tom, Virl, Merrill;

(center row, left) Jay, George, Marie, Olive, Alan; (in foreground)

Jimmy and Donny.

Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond first became famous as The Osmond Brothers, a barbershop quartet singing at Disneyland and on "The Andy Williams Show." Donny Osmond joined the group at age 6 and later hosted "The Donny and Marie Show" with his sister. The youngest son, Jimmy Osmond, is also a performer.

A World War II veteran, Osmond also served missions for the Mormon church in Hawaii and the United Kingdom. In his professional life, he worked in real estate, insurance sales and was once the postmaster for the city of Ogden. He gave up his work to manage the singing careers of his children.

Osmond's first two sons, Virl and Tom, developed degenerative hearing disorders that affected their speech, which led Osmond and his wife to form the Osmond Foundation. Now known as the Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals.

Osmond is survived by nine children, eight sons, Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Jimmy and one daughter, Marie. He also leaves behind 55 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. Services were being planned. Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the foundation at Children's Miracle Network.

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