Douglas W. Gonyea

  • "Doug and I knew each other in high school and earlier. Our..."
    - Ron Atwood
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    - Bonnie Kahn
  • "I am heatbroken Doug has passed. We knew each other well..."
    - Barry Senn
  • "Douglas Gonyea, was and is the father I never had. Our long..."
    - Eric Kellogg
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    - Neil Johnson

Douglas W. Gonyea


Douglas W. Gonyea passed away peacefully at his home in Oregon City in the loving arms of family and friends on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He courageously fought cancer for 2 years while retaining his adventurous spirit and a twinkle in his eye.

Doug was born March 9, 1951 to Wilford W. Gonyea and Lucille Deaver in Eugene, where Doug enjoyed a country upbringing, tramping through the forest discovering nature with his little sister, Lynn.

This upbringing set the stage for what would be a lifetime packed with travel and adventure. He traveled to 42 countries, by planes, boats, cars, trains, kayaks, rickshaws, bicycles and on foot. He enjoyed observing and he appreciated other cultures, art and history. Doug embodied a little bit from all the people and places he visited.

Doug especially enjoyed the Southwest United States. He was an avid collector of Southwestern art and artifacts. It was here that he found a deep spiritual connection with Native American culture.

Those left to treasure his many memories are his beloved son Wil, brother Joe Gonyea and

wife Jo Mae of Eugene, sisters MaryAnn Stowell and husband Bob of Saratoga, California, and Joyce Davidson of Medford, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doug had a huge heart and was a surrogate grandfather to a little boy, Avery, who will miss him dearly. Doug lived an incredible life, and was taken too soon. He was a generous man of goodwill and remarkable intellect and learning. His passing is a loss to those whose lives he touched.

The family requests memorial donations to be sent to the Willamette Falls Hospice Program (503) 655-7581. Those interested in attending a memorial dinner in Portland on May 3 may contact Annie Findley (503) 341-0867.

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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on May 1, 2008
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