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Donald Bish

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012


Donald Bish


Donald Bish, 83, of Lincoln City, Ore., died Dec. 10, 2012 in Portland, Ore.

He was born Sept. 26, 1929 to Mabel and Wilfred Bish in Longview, Wash. and grew up in Rainier, Ore. After graduating from high school, he went to work for Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. He married Barbara Kimble in 1950. Don served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 and was stationed at Presidio, San Francisco.

After leaving the military, he earned an associate’s degree in electronics and worked for Pacific Northwest Bell (CenturyLink) in Portland for 31 years. His career there included Toll, Microwave, Testing and Plant Manager for Westside Business Installation and Repair. While working for PNB, Don was also involved in several home building projects.

Don and his first wife divorced in 1977, and he later married Mary Rogers in 1981. He retired from PNB in 1986 and moved to the central Oregon coast, where he continued building homes. He was a creative, multi-talented, patient, quiet, gentle man with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed gardening, music, concerts, theater, movies, travel, history, sports, and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Bish; daughters, Aline of Hubbard, Ore. and Robin of Portland, Ore.; son, Bob (Nicole) of Salem; stepson, Ken (Crystal) Rogers of Baghdad, Iraq; and four grandchildren.

There will be no funeral at his request.

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