Donald Elmer Amsberry

Born: Tue., Jul. 28, 1936
Died: Mon., Mar. 19, 2018


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.Donald E. Amsberry of Pendleton died March 19th at age 81.

Don was born July 28, 1936 in Anacortes, Washington to Ralph and Ruth (Strawser) Amsberry.  He graduated from Anacortes High School and then served in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1959.

He earned a BS in psychology from Western Washington University in 1962 and a MS in psychology from Washington State University in 1964.  He taught psychology and was a counselor at Blue Mountain Community College from 1964 until he retired in 1997.

In 1957 he married Janet Ziegler; they later divorced.  In 1974 he married Patricia Harris,
Survivors include his wife;  sons, Steve (Brigitte) , Chris (Kate) both of Pendleton and Rob (Debbie) of Milwaukie;  daughters, Sheri and Veloni  Amsberry of Salem;  stepson, Kent Harris (Ruth) of Washington; and stepdaughter,  Amy Smith (Tim) of Pendleton;  grandchildren, Jessamy  Otteson, Jillian Smith (Morgan), Jak  Amsberry, Trevor Smith, Tia Sharp (Ryan) all of Pendleton, Alicia Martinez, Joey and Emily Amsberry of Milwaukie;  great-grandchildren, Layla and Bodie Otteson, Lincoln and Teddy Smith and Sage Sharp, all of Pendleton;  sister, Mary Mayberry (Bill) of Snohomish, Washington.  He was predeceased by his parents and twin brother, Ronald.

In his late 30s Don earned his private pilot’s license and subsequently owned several planes and loved to fly and spend time with other pilots.  For a number of years he and Pat spent periods of time in Hawaii with special friends.  He enjoyed hours of reading with his favorite cat curled on his lap.  Don was a regular at the Great Pacific listening to music with his wife.  They made many trips to the Oregon coast and did extended traveling as well.  Most of all he loved his devoted wife, his Patty.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Don and Karen Allen
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a friend for many years and we will miss him. He was always so positive in his attitude and enjoyed visiting with people. I know that this is a time of great sorrow, but hopefully in time the sadness will be replaced with memories of good times and happiness.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
In recent years, I always enjoyed talking to Don when he was getting put through his personal training paces by Amy. I appreciated how he tried to stay "in the game" as long as he could with exercise and some quality social time at the club with Pat. He has a special immortality which only teachers enjoy, having touched the lives of thousands of students, helping them on their way. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.

Dave Webb
   Posted Fri March 23, 2018
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Have always enjoyed running into him and visiting. He was a fine guy

gary ward
   Posted Mon March 26, 2018
Enjoyed Don, some great conversations through the years, he will be missed..

Anita Janis
   Posted Tue March 27, 2018
I'm so sorry to learn of Don's passing. I will always remember his cheerful and positive nature. It was a pleasure to have worked with him and his lovely wife, Pat, at BMCC in the `90's. May happy and loving memories keep him in your hearts forever.

Liz Sullivan
   Posted Tue March 27, 2018
Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. Don assisted me numerous time with students in crisis. I marveled at his compassion, empathy, confidentiality, and kindness. Once we went together to a student's home and resolved a very difficult situation. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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