Lawrence Michael O'Rourke

Born: Sat., Aug. 10, 1935
Died: Wed., Jul. 11, 2018

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 24, 2018
Location: St. Andrews

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Lawrence M. O’Rourke, 82, passed away at his home in Pendleton, Oregon on July 11, 2018. Larry was born August 10, 1935, in Pendleton, Oregon, to William and Ida Walters O’Rourke, the seventh of eight children. A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrews Mission Church on Tuesday, July 24, at 11:00 am.

Larry was raised in Pendleton and attended St. Joseph Academy grades one through 12 and graduated in 1953. Larry graduated from the University of Portland in 1957 with a degree in education and a Masters degree, in education administration in 1961.

Larry was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF on completion of his bachelor’s degree and served in the USAF from 1957 to 1961, with one year in Japan.

Larry married Dorothy M. French in January 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pendleton, Oregon. Larry and Dorothy moved back to Pendleton in 1968 where he began working at Blue Mountain Community College. He worked at BMCC continuously for 25 years. In that time, he taught ground school for aspiring pilots and air traffic control classes. In 1970, he became director of adult education and community services. In 1985, he became Associate Dean of Instruction.
Larry wanted to be a pilot all of his life. He had a passion for flying. He had a private pilot’s license, commercial license, an advanced ground instructor rating, instrument and flight instructor rating. Larry had over 2,000 hours of flying time. With the assistance of many of his friends, Larry built his own plane which gave him countless hours of enjoyment. Later in his life, Larry was very involved and passionate in supporting the aerial drone program and an advocate in promoting the Pendleton Airport.  

Larry dedicated his life to community service in Pendleton and the State of Oregon. Larry served on the Pendleton City Council; Commissioner of the Port of Umatilla; Governor’s Atiyeh’s task force for Lower Columbia River Development and the Governor’s Maritime Advisory Commission; and Chairman of the Prison Liaison Committee to support plans to convert Eastern Oregon State Hospital into a medium security correctional facility. Larry was also one of the organizers of the local Hospice program and served on numerous other committees. After retirement, Larry dedicated himself to volunteering at Outreach in Pendleton helping those in need.

Larry was honored to be the recipient of the First Citizens award for the City of Pendleton in 1988. Larry and Dorothy were selected as Pendleton Rotary couple of the year in 1986 in their work for promoting international student exchange. Larry was active in working with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and was especially proud of the development of the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Larry is survived by his wife Dorothy. Daughters, Lori O’Rourke (husband Roger Ladwig), Carolyn Gagnon (Mark), Julie Gerola (Paul). Sons, Larry (Jane) and Tim (Susan). Larry is also survived by eleven grandchildren and two of his siblings, Thomas O’Rourke of Alamo, California and Robert E. O’Rourke of Pendleton, Oregon. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Patricia James and Mary Davidson and brothers William O’Rourke, James O’Rourke, and Joseph O’Rourke.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Foundation Trust or to the Blue Mountain Community College Scholarship Fund, directly, or, in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 S.E. Byers Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

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Vickie Billingsly
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by KP Regional Risk and Patient Safety.

Joe Daltoso
   Posted Wed July 18, 2018
Carolyn, Tim and Family, condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

Sally (Bunten) Lange
   Posted Fri July 20, 2018
Dearest Dorothy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Sally, Margaret and family

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