Gordon Gwynne Galbraith
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Salem, OR
Gordon Gwynne (Bud) Galbraith

Salem - We mourn the loss of Gordon Gwynne (Bud) Galbraith who passed away in his sleep on October 10th 2019. He was with his two children, Grandchild and her two daughters at the end of his life and left us in comfort and peace.

He was a leader, a teacher and a family man dedicated to helping others. Gordon also had an outstanding sense of humor that he cultivated towards people on an individual level that demonstrated his wry brand of love and care. He was the kind of person to send cards and call on birthdays and holidays and he never stopped reaching out and helping others.

Bud was born in Phoenix, Arizona on April 7th 1933 to Gordon and Louetta Galbraith and also lived briefly in Vicksburg, AZ. In 1939 Bud moved to Huntington Park, California where he graduated from the 8th grade and was in the marching band that performed during New Year's Rose Parade. By 1947 Bud lived in Madras, OR and graduated from Madras High School in '51 where he was first clarinet in the school band, played football, ran track (5th in state as a half-miler in his freshman year) and remained an active member of the FFA throughout his life.

Bud also got to know the love of his life during his high school years, Joan Gloria Hedgepath - whom he later married in Madras on June 28th, 1953. He was proud to attend Oregon State University before spending two years farming with his future father in law. His work in farming took a backseat however during his two years of service in the US Army with the 10th Engineering Battalion, attached 3rd division. After his time in the military Gordon returned to OSU and completed his earlier education.

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Oregon state Bud taught Vocational Agriculture from 1958 - 67 at Wy'East High School in Hood River, Oregon. He accepted a position with the Oregon Department of Education in 1967 as a Specialist in Agricultural Education serving as the State FFA Advisor. Gordon went on to mentor teams of state officers for 28 years. After retirement, he spent many years serving on the board of the FFA Foundation and advising State Officers during State FFA Conventions.

Bud had a passion for hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. He cherished his climbs of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington with his cousins and classmates. Shooting and collecting antique firearms remained lifelong hobbies. In his later years, he focused on his shotgun skills by participating Sporting Clays and Trap shooting.

Bud will be missed by many throughout the state of Oregon who he met and influenced during his career. He is survived by his son Kevin and daughter Gloria as well as a brother, 2 sisters, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

I myself recall fond memories of attending the Oregon State Fair with my grandfather. I thank Bud for being the first person to put me behind the wheel of an automobile and many other blessings for which I am grateful.

Ian Galbraith

With thanks to family, friends and colleagues for memories and memorials

A private service will be held on Tuesday, Oct 22nd. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Published by The Statesman Journal from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, 2019.
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Gordon was "one of a kind!", good friend, classmate, and fellow Vo--Ag teacher, who was very fortunate to have married his soulmate, Joan! She deserves much credit for his success as well! The FFA prospered under his guidance and professionalism. He will be missed, but his legacy continues in those fortunate enough to have known him! I have been blessed by having him as my friend!
John H. Ahlstrom Grants Pass, OR
May 27, 2021
It’s been a year since you passed and I miss you every day. There have been so many times I have wanted to call you and tell you something that happened - but I know I can’t and that you probably already know. It brings a smile to my face! I will never not miss you and will be forever grateful that you were part of my life.
Nancy Stebbins
October 11, 2020
Scott W Duff
January 8, 2020
My condolences to Gordon's family and my thanks for sharing him with so many FFA members and teachers across the state.

As soon as we were elected as state officers Gordon gathered us behind the stage and told us that our first obligation was to graduate. Always the educator, Gordon asked this year's state officers who they were focusing their time and presentations on when visiting schools and talking to ag classes. He told them to focus on the freshman and sophomores because they could still be influenced. I suddenly remembered the same advice being given to us 40 years ago.

As the state offices organized themselves for a picture with Gordon, one of the other residents at his retirement center asked who the people in the blue jackets were. Gordon's answer still brings tears. He said, "That's my life. That's the FFA".

May we all live life with a commitment and passion for something and may we all leave the legacy that Gordon has.
Shawn Dooley
October 25, 2019
As a young Ag teacher in the early 80's I was blessed to get to know State FFA Advisor, Gordon Galbraith! Gordon asked if I would be his legs and assist with the state competitions. I said yes and the first issue was a speech manuscript that was not double spaced, so was to be disqualified. Gordon said to me, "give them an hour to fix it" . The ag teacher's wife retyped it and the student was able to compete. That FFA member ended up being elected State President, and my student, Mike Knutz was elected State Vice President. I asked Gordon, why me, he said "Roy you are not black or white, you give latitude and know this organization is about developing young adults." At the infamous first state exec meeting after state officers had been elected, Gordon asked me to critique their speeches with other advisors. After the State President's critique he left the room in tears. I followed him to the restroom and reminded him this was done to help him grow. Mike was next. After his speech was ripped apart, he said but Mr Whitman you helped me with my speech. The words of Gordon came from my mouth, "every presentation can be done better". He was a mentor to so many and legacy that will never end.
After reading Gordon's obituary, my wife said that her dad, Richard Schoenborn was Gordon's Ag teacher. Mr. Schoenborn taught in Madras from 1947 to 1953. Mr. Schoenborn, an avid hunter and fisherman was most remembered for taking his boys on camping trips. The small wonderful world of agriculture!
Love the MAN and I appreciate getting to know the "Bud" side, his family stories and their willingness to share with his FFA family.
Roy Whitman
October 25, 2019
Bud was a friend from church. My great-grandmother was a Galbraith from Kilwinning, Scotland. Our church will miss Bud. I know all your family and friends will cherish the memories and hold him in your hearts. Prayers for peace.
Margaret Sather
October 21, 2019
a loved one
October 18, 2019
Gordon has a tremendous impact on my life and had the wisdom combined with common sense to lead young men and women. Gordon let us grow as leaders, challenged us to be better people and when I made mistakes he used this as a teaching moment. Gordon is on a very short list of people that I admire.
Greg Suff
October 18, 2019
44 years ago I went to an interview for a secretarial position at the Oregon Department of Education. It was to work with the Agriculture Specialists. I was a city girl and knew nothing about agriculture but I said yes when offered the job. Little did I know that would be the best decision I ever made in my life. I was lucky to have Gordon as part of my life and my family for all these years and I remain forever his secretary and friend. As with so many others, I will miss him terribly. But knowing the joy he gave to everyone he met will always bring a fond memory to my mind and a smile to my face. He was truly the best.
Nancy Stebbins
October 18, 2019
I recall being Bud's neighbor from across the street on 45th place. He and I were able to enjoy many conversations back then. We shared a common bond with many views on our political outlook. God's speed my friend and may you receive eternal life and a well deserved eternal reward in heaven.
richard Stanislawski
October 18, 2019
Godspeed, Uncle Bud....and don't forget, if you are on time, you're late ......

I learned a lot from you and I loved you very much.

Terisa Dowdle
October 17, 2019
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