Paul Robert Doe

Paul Robert Doe

Paul Robert Doe passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at his residence Barnett Woods, Medford. He was born to Roy and Zeila (St. Louis) Doe in Midvale, Idaho November 21, 1917. He lived in Bates, Ore. until his parents moved to Medford in 1927.

Paul married Clara Beth Powell March 25, 1937 and they recently celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary.

He had a lifelong career in the lumber industry, beginning as a millwright for Bates Lumber Company in eastern Oregon. In the ensuing years he worked at various mills and built a portable mill that he and Bob Bell operated in the Tiller area. In the mid 1950s he went to the Philippines to help set up and operate a sawmill. When he returned to the states, he and Clara Beth moved to Prospect where he was superintendent at the Ross Lumber Company mill. When Ross sold to Olson-Lawyer, Paul was named vice president and general manager at the White City operation. During these years he received many honors in the lumber industry and was appointed to the Pacific Crest Trail Advisory Council.

He was active in numerous civic affairs, including United Medford Crusade and in fund-raising for local improvements and charities. He was a past director of the YMCA and Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association. He was active in the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau, the Oregon State University Forest Research Laboratory Advisory Committee, and the Board of the Northwest Timber Association.

The Does became very involved in trail riding and back country camping after Paul retired and they moved back to the John Day area. Paul became an expert at packing horses and mules and gave packing demonstrations at the Grant County Fair. He packed extensively in the Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon areas.

In 1999, they downsized their ranch in Prairie City to a home in Prineville, and in 2005 they returned to Medford.

Paul is survived by his wife Clara Beth; daughter JoAnn Parker (Guy) of Prospect, Ore.; granddaughters Pam Card (Mike) of Jacksonville, Ore., Susan Parker of Talent, Ore., Jane Moffitt (Eric) of Salem, Ore., and grandson Kevin Durland (Carolina) of Jacksonville, Ore.; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim of Jacksonville, Ore. He was predeceased by three sisters; a brother; and a son, Roy Doe.

Arrangements by Driskoll Memorial Chapel, John Day, Ore. Interment will be in the Prairie City, Ore. cemetery in a private, family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paul and Clara Beth Doe Scholarship fund at Prairie City, Ore. High School.

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