Wright, Donald P. - 83, of Glide,
Oregon passed away at his home Thursday, June 14
. Don was born in Glide, December 18, 1917, to Jessie (Hatfield) and
Perry L. Wright. He was delivered in a cabin his father built at Lone
Rock on the east side of the Umpqua River Ferry crossing.
Don grew up with his parents on the Illahee. He attended school in
Dixonville where he lived with relatives during the school year because
of distance. He often commented that he missed the mountains when he was
Don lived a full and adventurous life. He was working at Mid Way
Island when WWII broke out. He then served as an army paratrooper in the
508th, F company. He was dropped behind enemy lines, captured and later
liberated at the end of the war. His army company still holds reunions
each year which he always tried to attend. This year the reunion is in
Oregon and hosted by Don's family.
After the war Don worked as a carpenter until 1953 and built his
own home on Little River in Glide. Later he ran an engineering road crew
for Champion International until his retirement in 1983.
Don had many hobbies that produced numerous artifacts for his
family and friends. These included ships made to scale, raw hide bridles
and halters, macramé, woodchip carvings, hand made rope, forged iron and
too many others to name. He loved the mountains and especially when
camping, canoeing or visiting around the campfire. He will be missed by
family and friends.
Don is survived by his wife, Norma Jean (Shrum), his daughter and
son in law, Tonya and Steve Thompson of Glide, his son and daughter in
law, Terry and Pam Wright of Glide, three grandchildren, Angela Wright,
Tina Fessenden and John Thompson. One great granddaughter, Maya Geer.
Memorial and reception will be hosted by the family at the Glide
Community Center, Saturday June 23, 1 PM.