John Reed, hotel doorman for 75 years and an Eric's Hero, dies

John Reed KOMO file photo

SPOKANE, Wash. — John Reed, the dapper doorman who greeted generations of visitors to Spokane's Davenport Hotel during a 75-year career, has died at age 88.

Family members say Reed died at home, after reluctantly taking the past few weeks off to nurse a foot ulcer.

Reed was featured in an "Eric's Heroes" segment in September by KOMO News anchor Eric Johnson.

Watch his story here:

He grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho. "I was a little old country boy," he told Eric Johnson. "Never been around a city much."

He walked into The Davenport when he was 13 years old and asked for a job as a bus boy.

It was June 1942, when many able-bodied men were in uniform during World War II.

Johnson asked him what it was like the first time he walked in, and he said, "Absolutely beautiful."

He was the last hotel employee who worked directly with Louis Davenport, who opened the hotel in 1913 and died in 1951.

He told Johnson he loved every minute of it.

People say, 'Are you ever going to retire?' I say, 'No. As long as they'll have me, I'll be here. ' "

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