Osmond Family Patriarch Dies

George Osmond, father of Donny & Marie, launched careers of musical clan
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 2:45 AM CST
This undated family photo released courtesy of the Osmond family shows George Osmond, patriarch of the famous singing family The Osmond Brothers, and his wife Olive. Osmond died Tuesday morning, Nov....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It was the end of an era for the singing Osmond family with the death yesterday of patriarch George Osmond, who launched the musical careers of his children during a family trip to Disneyland 45 years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. Osmond died at his Utah home of apparent complications of old age.

"He was a man of integrity, of honor," tearful daughter Marie told Entertainment Tonight. Osmond, a devout Mormon and WWII veteran, worked as a real estate broker, insurance salesman and postmaster before managing his children's squeaky-clean pop music careers. He is survived by 9 children, 55 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.