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David Duane Straight, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly of Union and La Grande, died Nov. 3 in Jacksonville. Following cremation, his ashes will be returned to Alaska in the spring.
Mr. Straight was born April 21, 1943, to H. David and Dorothy Anne Straight. He was raised in Union and lived in La Grande while attending college. He graduated from Southwestern Oregon Community College with two degrees in 1969 and married Joyce Marie Emmons in Kodiak, Alaska, on April 8, 1972.
He lived and worked in Alaska for 35 years before retiring to Portland. He later moved to Jacksonville for care at the Mayo Cancer Center and to be near his daughter.
He served in the Navy as a submarine sonarman and received a bronze medal for service as a civilian during Desert Storm.
Survivors include his wife, formerly of Alaska and now residing in Florida, and daughter, Dawn Marie Straight of Rockledge, Fla.; his mother and sister, Deannie Myers, both of La Grande; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Dean Albert Straight.
The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 18, 2006, Published: November 18, 2006