In Memoriam

Daniel W. Daughhetee
Daniel W. Daughhetee

Jan. 14, 1921-Feb. 13, 2011

Gresham resident Daniel W. Daughhetee died Sunday, Feb. 13. He was 90.

A visitation and memorial service was held Feb. 16 at Gresham Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Dan was born Jan. 14, 1921, in French, N.M., to Daniel and Kathryn (Pilling) Daughhetee. Dan was raised on a farm in Darlington, Wis. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial science in 1943 from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Upon graduation, Dan completed midshipman school at Notre Dame University and was commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy. He served on a PT boat for the duration of World War II, primarily in the Atlantic; he completed his service in Hawaii.

Dan began his civilian career teaching high school in Portsmouth, Va. He then worked in training for the federal government in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He transferred to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Muskogee, Okla., in 1955 and was promoted in 1957 to training director in Washington, D.C., relocating to Arlington, Va. In 1968, Dan moved to Waldorf, Md., and subsequently resided in Nanjemoy and La Plata, Md.
Dan retired from the federal government in 1975 and became a farm manager for the Melwood Horticultural Training Center in Nanjemoy, where he worked until his retirement in 1982. Dan moved to Oregon in 1993 to be closer to family and resided at Powell Valley Assisted Living.

Dan was a poet and published two volumes of poetry: “Laughing and Crying” and “Sunset Serenade.” He was also an avid reader, gardener, fisherman and builder; he particularly enjoyed helping his sons remodel their homes and build screen porches, fish ponds and hop trellises.

During his retirement, Dan traveled across the United States by recreational vehicle with his family, with stops for famous and not-so-famous points of interest. He also played bridge and chess, loved a good joke and was a storyteller, often telling of his experiences in the Navy and childhood during the Depression. He stayed current with national and current events. He also practiced tai chi and welcomed sharing his spiritual philosophy.

He was preceded in death by his former wives, Betty in 1992 and Patricia in 1995; sister, Joyce Garthwaite, in 1992; brother, Lyman Daughhetee, in 2010; and by his daughters, Karen Owen in 1997 and Patricia McKenzie in 2008.

Survivors include his sons, Daniel Daughhetee of Waldorf, Michael McGlynn of Leonardtown, Md., and Brian Daughhetee of Greenville, S.C.; daughters, Catherine Bowling of Dentsville, Md., and Mary Beth Long of La Plata; brothers, Dawn Daughhetee of Seattle, Lawrence Daughhetee of Sacramento, Calif., and Clyde Daughhetee of Barstow, Texas; sisters, Elva Plimpton of Portland, Frances Kennedy of Gresham and Shirley Turner of Gresham; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.