Donald Gary Murche
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Donald Gary
Feb. 22,1931 - May 25, 2020
Donald Gary Murche, was born in Olynpia Wash., Feb. 22, 1931, and passed peacefully May 25, 2020 at his home in Portland, Ore.
Don served in the 187th Army Airborne during the Korean conflict. He attended University of Washington on the G.I. Bill, earning a BA in Business. Don worked for the Royal Insurance Co. of London for 35 years, managing their Portland office. Don had a passion for baseball, playing the game throughout his youth and senior softball well into his 80's. He enjoyed gardening, biking, North Coast Indian motif wood carving, and traveling. He was also involved in many organizations for social justice.
Don was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Susan Flannery. He is survived by his present wife, Jennifer Jerde; three children; two step-children; and eight grandchildren. Don was a lover of people and loved by many. His quick wit and spirit of levity will be missed.
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Published in The Oregonian from Sep. 15 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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September 29, 2020
Don was an amazing uncle to so many. I remember his funny jokes, warm smile, and amazing heart! He brought so much love to our family gatherings! He lived a full life where he spread love and kindness. I am going to miss you Don, but I know you are at peace in Gods Glory.
Kara Wilkinson
September 29, 2020
I just want to remembered the time that he drove me home from the ocean trip. I didn't speak any English. I was scared, he probably tried to say something like we will get home safely or something to comforting me. Love you and Susan for taking care of me when I first arrived in the U.S.A. PS. Please say hi to my parent chue kao lao& song cha, brother cho lao, sisters Ying and Pan dao for me if you seen them.
My Keu Lao
September 29, 2020
It was a joy to get to know you over these last years. We loved the twinkle in your eye and your enthusiasm for life. May you rest in peace, Don!
Ned and Pam Moser
David Moser
September 29, 2020
Jennifer: I loved it every time Don would come into the office with you or to see you. He was such a tease and brought laughter and happiness wherever he went. I miss you both ❤
Pam Henry
September 28, 2020
A wonderfully talented wood carver and a very funny guy. We miss him.
He and my sister shared many good years.
Gail Durham & Benno Philippson
September 23, 2020
A dear friend and neighbor for so many years on Westwood. Always willing to lend a hand or listen. Many joint celebrations with our families. Don leaves a real void. A true gentleman.
Kind thoughts and prayers to the family.
Robert and Susan Turner and family
September 21, 2020
David, Mary Kay and Elizabeth, I have fond memories of the road trip to San Francisco with your family for the Bless Man pageant way back in the 70s. Your dad and mom set such a nice tone for your family, it was a delight to be with you all. Even before that, I remember watching "Rich Man, Poor Man," the first ever TV mini-series, at your home, when I'd first gotten acquainted with your folks through the nuclear safeguards campaign. Just watching your family interact, I thought "I want what these people have" and that was my motivation for joining Creative Initiative. It was a formative time for me as a young adult and your parents were great role models and dear friends. Your dad was so good natured and always made me laugh, and of course was a great partner to your mom. I hope the warmth of your family memories and support of your friends and families will see you through this time of transition with the kind of love and grace your parents embodied. Much love to you all.
Jan Castle
September 20, 2020
We first met Don & Sue soon after moving to Portland in 1961 - and that friendship and our young families grew well over the years. There are many warm memories of time spent with them and, later, with Don and Jennifer too. Rest in peace Don - yours was a life well-lived.
Ann Kracke & family
Ann Kracke
September 20, 2020
We knew Don and Susan in the early 1970's during our Creative Initiative Foundation days. Days and evenings spent in helping to make a better world.
Helen and Paul Lyons
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