Gordon Fong Chin
1926 - 2013
Gordon Fong Chin, 87, longtime resident of Fruitland, Idaho, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, March 15, 2013, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth, under the direction of Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette.
Gordon was born in China on Feb. 7, 1926, to Kee Quong Chin and Sea (Lim) Chin. He immigrated to the United States in 1932 at the age of 6 and attended schools in Pendleton, Ore.
Prior to his graduation, however, Gordon joined the United States Navy
on May 25, 1944, after earning his U.S. citizenship. He served board the U.S.S. Hyde APA-173 in the Pacific Theater during World War II
. He served as a winchman aboard landing crafts and landed troops during the occupation in Japan. He received his honorable discharge on Jan. 21, 1946 and returned to Pendleton, where he earned his high school diploma through a general education degree program at Pendleton High School on Nov. 7, 1946.
Gordon married Betty Taylor on Nov. 14, 1960 in Pasco, Wash. and the union was blessed with three children: Kay, LuAnne and Tammy. Gordon had a lengthy career with Ore-Ida Foods in Ontario, from which he retired in 1993.
Survivors include his son, Kay of Fruitland; daughter LuAnne (Chris) Preston of Fruitland and a grandson Christopher Gordon (Micah) Preston of Honolulu, Hawaii. Christopher is a member of the U.S. Army
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty (1974) and his daughter, Tammy (1966).
He also had several siblings, but because of a lack of records between China and U.S., it is unclear whether those siblings are alive and where they now reside.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Heart 'n Home Hospice in Fruitland, which helped make Gordon's final months happy and comfortable.
Memorials may be made to Heart 'N Home Hospice in Fruitland or to
c/o Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 70, Payette, ID 83661. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Haren-Wood.com
. Those who knew Gordon know he loved gardening and flowers and the family would relish any plants or floral arrangements, should you wish to remember Gordon in that way.