J. Eugene Popma
1922 - 2020
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J. Eugene Popma
Dec. 14, 1922 - June 11, 2020
J. Eugene Popma passed away June 11, 2020, at the age of 97 years.
He was born in Port Jervis, N.Y., Dec. 14, 1922.
He grew up during the Great Depression which had a lasting impact on his life and inspired him to dream big. He later achieved both personal and professional successes.
He married his loving wife, Lorraine Rosemary Bettendorf, in 1943.
Lorraine took the train from Portland to Chanute Field Illinois Army Air Corps Base where dad was stationed. They were married the next day and a few months later he was shipped off to England and then to Germany to join the other brave soldiers in WWII.
They were married for 67 years and he would often say they had a 67 year love affair.
They did most everything together. They were avid skiers at Mt. Bachelor, they traveled around the world, they enjoyed hiking, tennis, and playing Bridge with close friends.
They loved dancing to Big Band classics such as "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)"
He would often sing to his wife. His favorite tune was the Nat King Cole song "Sweet Lorraine (with the blue blue eyes)"
Gene began his professional career as a CPA in the Portland area. His greatest successes came as real estate developer in building apartments and condominiums throughout the Metro area.
He was a loving husband to Lorraine and a good father to his four children Mark, Chris, Brant and Diana.
You will be missed dad and we'll always think of you and mom with a smile on our face and a song in our hearts. Thank you for always being there for us.
There will be no funeral service scheduled at this time due to current health precautions.
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Published in The Oregonian from Jun. 29 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 24, 2020
My great-grandfather always brought love and light to the family. He was always a honest, strong, and kind man. My favorite childhood memories are at his home with everyone gathered together for Christmas. He was a irreplaceable uniting force who will always have a special place in my heart. Missing everyone dearly and sending my love to you all.
Natasha Christine Hopkins
Grandchild
July 5, 2020
Gene was remarkable, such a smart gentleman into his 90s. And so devoted to Lorraine. I was tennis buddy of Lorraine, and my husband, Rod, was a tennis chum of Gene. I will miss him. I smile every time I think about him.
Joyce Beals
Friend
July 3, 2020
Sending our condolences on your loss.

David and Wendy (Millar) Wesley
Wendy Wesley
July 2, 2020
I am saddened every time I read about the passing of another member of the Army Air Corps. I did not know Mr. Popma, but my father, Roger Burwell, may have. He was a B-17 navigator flying out of England. His bomber was shot down on on its eighth run over Germany. He spent nearly two years in Stalag Luft 3 until liberation.
Mr. Popma and men like him were heroes. They faced many challenges during and after the war years. Please accept my condolences.
Robin Burwell
Acquaintance
July 2, 2020
thWe enjoyed many happy ski trips with your folks. We traveled with them to the Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Park City and Alta in Utah, Tellluride in Colorado. I believe I was with him on his last ski trip to Bachelor after your mother had passed away.
They were both among our best friends.
Our heartfelt condolences to all of Gene's family
Bud & Wanda Taylor
Friend
July 1, 2020
I enjoyed my association with both your parents and convey my condolences at Eugenes passing. May you be blessed with the warmth of wonderful memories.
Timothy Edvalson
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Gene was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church during the years I was pastor. His devotion to Lorraine was an inspiration to me. He visited her faithfully every day, in spite of the fact that she often didn't seem to recognize him. Gene also generously supported the rebuilding of our School and Parish Center. His gift earned the privilege of memorializing one of the rooms. He could have chosen a classroom or a conference room. Gene chose the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry where food and supplies for those in need are stored for distribution. The dedication plaque there memorializes Lorraine. I'm glad they are reunited. Rest in peace, Gene.
Rev. Joseph S, McMahon
Friend
July 1, 2020
First I was Gene's banker, then his constant tennis opponent, then with my late wife Kathy we were close friends with Gene and Lorraine. Those were great years!
Bob Cortright
July 1, 2020
Your family and my family skied together decades ago at Mt Bachelor. Your dad and my dad were friends and I have many fond memories of sitting on the tailgate of our cars eating lunch as the "Portland crowd" of friends laughed in the Mt Bachelor parking lot. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ann Rappleyea
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