Dub Riter's influence extended beyond East Texas to Austin and Washington DC.
On Wednesday, the White House issued a statement. It says "The President and First Lady were saddened to learn of the loss of their friend, Dub Riter, and extend their prayers and thoughts to his family."
Earlier, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson also reacted to Riter's passing. She said "Dub Riter was a wonderful person. Gentle but effective, loyal to friends, and one of Tyler's all time great leaders."
From Austin, Governor Rick Perry was also touched by the news. In a written statement, he said, "I was fortunate to call him my friend. Anita and I will greatly miss him, and we will keep his family in our prayers."
Other officials such as Congressman Ralph Hall and the White House's Karl Rove called the family last week, while Dub was in the hospital.