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Donald E. Methven obituary

Published on September 29, 2017 12:01AM

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Donald Methven

Donald Methven


Oct. 3, 1925 — Sept. 12, 2017

Donald E. Methven (Don) of Gearhart, Oregon, entered into rest on Sept. 12, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 91.

Born to George and Lillian Methven in Oregon City, Oregon, on Oct. 3, 1925, Don grew up in Gladstone with his sister, Marilyn, and brother, Norbert, who preceded him in death.

Don enlisted in the Coast Guard Merchant Marines in 1943, and served throughout the war working in the engine room of seagoing ships until his discharge in 1946. He learned mechanics working in shops as a teenager.

He married Joyce Morton in Chicago, Illinois, in December 1945, and moved home to Gladstone after discharge from the service.

Trained in carpentry from a young age by his uncles, Don built a house in Gladstone for his young family, and opened a mechanics garage at the same location. He continued to work in auto mechanics and auto body work for many years, as well as continuing as a master builder all of his life, and building another home in Gearhart.

After a divorce, he married Melva Veasy in 1957, moving to Seaside in 1966, where he owned 12th Avenue Arco for many years. She preceded him in death in 2009 after 52 years of marriage.

Don’s love of flying spanned over 60 years as a pilot of private planes, flying out of Astoria. He was a designated Federal Aviation Administration examiner, flew eagle survey for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, charter flights and sightseeing tours. He was a founding member of the Portland chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Don was a devoted Master Mason and a life member of Evergreen Lodge No. 137 of Seaside and Multnomah Lodge No. 1.

He is survived by Jackie Hand of Gearhart, his great love, friend, partner and companion since 2010. Also surviving are his son, Gary Methven, and daughter-in-law, Linda Methven, of Portland; daughter Gayle Walden and son-in-law, Robert Walden, of Beaverton; daughter Lynda Quinones of Tigard; stepdaughter Sharon Jackson and son-in-law, Larry Jackson, of Seaside; stepson Chuck Methven and daughter-in-law Cindy Methven of California; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Fred Quinones.

Memorial services are Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at Mount Scott Funeral Home, 4205 S.E. 59th Ave., Portland, OR 97206.


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