Richard D. Jewett (Dick)

Richard D. Jewett (Dick)

Richard D. (Dick) Jewett

Richard D. (Dick) Jewett died Monday, May 18, 2009, in Salem, Ore. Dick was born May 3, 1919 in Medford, Ore., to Howard Penn Jewett and Gladys Luthy Jewett. Dick grew up in Central Point, Ore., where he graduated from Central Point High School in 1937. After graduating from Willamette University in 1941, Dick was hired as a Cub Reporter by the Medford Mail Tribune on March 1, 1942. Dick entered the United States Army in May 1942 and served his country in North Africa and Italy, working as a Message Center Chief in a Base Section Message Center, and rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant. On Oct. 20, 1945, Dick was discharged from the Army, and subsequently returned to the Mail Tribune newsroom where he worked as a reporter and editor until his retirement in May 1984. Dick gained a reputation in the community for accuracy and fair play, resulting from his longstanding tenure as the Tribune's Sports Editor.

On Nov. 18, 1945 Dick married his college sweetheart, Doris Elizabeth Doughton, who survives, at Jason Lee Methodist Church in Salem, Ore. Dick and Doris resided in Medford until June 2008, when they moved to Salem, Ore., to be closer to family. Their long and happy marriage produced three children: James R. (Patricia), West Richland, Washington; Thomas D., Salem, Ore.; Anne Venner (John), Woodburn, Ore., who all survive.

Other survivors include brother, Hal Jewett, Salem; sister, Laurel Snook (Gene), Central Point; grandsons, Timothy J. Jewett (Mary), Seattle, Wash. and Matthew R. Beeble, Portland; granddaughter, Cybil A. Beeble, Portland; great-grandson, Matthew Jewett, Seattle; great-granddaughter, Samantha Jewett, Seattle; and many nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Alan H. Jewett; and his sister Marjorie Klope.

Dick was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Medford, where he served as an usher, and in United Methodist Men. Other organizations in which Dick had been active include Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity and Walk to Emmaus. Dick loved being outdoors; fishing, camping, hiking and picking huckleberries were among his favorite activities.

Dick was much loved by all who knew him. To accommodate his many friends and family members, memorial services are scheduled for June 5, 2009 at 2 p.m. at First United Church in Medford and June 23, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem, Ore. Any memorial donations should be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) or to the Alzheimer's Association.

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