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Cable, Dwight Raymond



Dwight Raymond Cable died in his sleep Friday morning, August 12, 2016 in Eugene OR at the age of 99 years 7 months and 27 days.



Dwight was born in Chicago IL on December 16, 1916 to Prof. W. Arthur Cable and his wife Etta May. The family soon moved to Tucson AZ. He attended the University of Arizona and graduated from the University of Idaho before joining the federal Soil Conservation Service and being posted to New Mexico where he joined the 200th Coastal Artillery of the New Mexico National Guard on April 4, 1941. With them, he was posted to the Philippine Islands, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and of the Japanese hell ships that transported prisoners to the Japanese home islands. At the end of World War II he was recovered from a POW camp in Tokyo and left military service as a Sergeant in the 515th Artillery Battalion. His only comment on his POW experience was "You had to keep your sense of humor. Those that didn't, didn't make it."



After coming home when the war was over, he returned to the Soil Conservation Service, and later the Forest Service, and published over 100 peer reviewed research papers on native grasses and other plants that are still being used today along the highways and in the forests of New Mexico and the Southwest. After retirement he moved to Eugene OR where he could enjoy hiking and the outdoors, focusing on his life-long hobby of nature photography, and where he lived with his younger son F.W.



Dwight's younger brother Lowell Dean Cable went into Normandy on Omaha Beach on the day after D-Day. His older brother Donovan Chambers Cable was frustrated that he was medically disqualified from contributing to the US war effort.



Dwight was pre-deceased earlier this year by his ex-wife Barbara and previously by his brothers Donovan and Lowell, and his sister Evelyn Corbin.

He is survived by his son Jay and wife Charlotte, son F.W., and daughter Loralee, and by grandchildren Jay Egbert and wife Nancy, Dwight and wife Kristin, Charlotte Marie, Theresa and husband Karl, John, Mary-Clare and husband Donald, and Stephanie, and nine great grandchildren â€" Molly, Lizzy, Rachel, Cassidy, Jocelyn, Robert, Benjamin Suzanna, and Stephanie. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.



A memorial service is planned in Eugene OR on what would have been his 100th birthday next December. Cremation arrangements have been made through England's Memorial Chapel in Eugene OR (https://www.musgroves.com/englands-memorial.cfm). In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity in Dwight's name.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 28, 2016
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