558 N. Main St., Prineville, OR 97754 | (541) 447-6205
September 11, 1934-April 26, 2013
Donald L. Gore, 78, passed away at his residence on April 26, 2013. There will be no services at this time.
Don was born Sept. 11, 1934 in Coeur díalene, Idaho to Robert and Lois (Oakley) Gore. He attended school in Crook County and spent much of his youth growing up in Prineville and working on the Breese ranch. From there, he enlisted in the Army and did his tour of duty in Germany from 1955 to 1957. He then married Charleen Olmstead Dec. 16, 1957, and they were married for 28 years and later divorced. Donís work history started out on the state police department in Arlington, Ore. He came back to Prineville to work for the City of Prineville Police Department for about 11 years, finishing up as a Sergeant. He then worked at Clear Pine Moldings for a short period until he was hired by the City of Prineville Railway where he stayed from November 1970 to September 1999, retiring as an engineer.
Donís family and friends were very important to him. Don was an avid hunter. He bought five acres of land in Wheeler County August 1972 for his caboose that he purchased from the City of Prineville Railway in 1967 for $25. Jack Briggs hauled it on a lowboy for 65 miles to its destination in the Ochocoís for $60 and one bottle of whiskey. He turned the caboose into a hunting mecca for himself and all his hunting buddies. Every hunting season, they would gather in the little caboose until they finally had to add on more rooms to fit everybody.
His passion was his cabin, and the cabin was his weekend and vacation retreat. Every summer or as soon as he could get into it from winter snows, he was there from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon; then he would drive the 65 miles back to Prineville. His brother Leroy was the main source of help on cabin remodeling and repairs. Don had antelope, deer, and elk head trophies in his home or cabin. He was also a member of BPOE and the Masonic Lodge in Prineville, Ore.
He is survived by son, Rod Gore of Phoenix, Ariz.; ex-wife of 28 years, Charleen Gore of Prineville; brother, Leroy and wife Kathy Gray; sister, Bonnie Gray and husband Ed Johnson of Eugene, Ore.; grandkids, Camille Gore of Chicago, Ill., Hawken Gore of Phoenix, Ariz.; several nieces and nephews, and companion, Loddie.
Don was preceded in death by son, Mark Gore, 1965; sister, Patricia Ream; father, Robert Gore; mother, Lois Gray, 1999; and step-father, Willis Gray.
Don will be missed by his family, hunting buddies, and many friends. Memorial Contribution may be made to the Humane Society of the Ochocoís through Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 N.E. 4th St. Prineville, OR 97754.