Oregon technology pioneer Norm Winningstad has died at the age of 85 at his Newport, Oregon, home.

NEWPORT (AP) — Oregon technology pioneer Norm Winningstad has died at the age of 85 at his Newport, Oregon, home.

Newport police spokesman Dave Teem says Winningstad had been ill and died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After working for Oregon electronics manufacturer Tektronix, Winningstad in 1970 started computing company Floating Point Systems in Beaverton. He also helped launch Lattice Semiconductor Corp., of Hillsboro, among other high-tech companies. He and his wife, Dolores, also were major philanthropists in Oregon.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski praised Winningstad as an outstanding and generous entrepreneur, who will be remembered as "the grandfather of technology" in Oregon.

— Associated press