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Murrell, Donny Eugene – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Donny Eugene Murrell, 62, of Baker City, died April 26, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service was today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church officiated. He was born on June 13, 1941, at Frogville, Okla., to Edgar and Inez Arnold Murrell. He grew up in the Red River bottoms of Oklahoma. At 17 he left home and joined the U.S. Navy. Enchanted by the Pacific Northwest, Donny moved to the Portland area after his discharge. He continued to remain active in service to his country through the National Guard. At this time he also re-entered the work force, first with the Army Corps of Engineers and then with the Veterans Administration. Donny retired from the VA after 35 years of service, bridging positions from union president to management. After his retirement, Donny began the first of many more adventures, including an energy consulting business, a sub-sandwich shop that turned into an Italian food carryout, partnership in a tile business and maintenance work for an assisted-living community. Throughout these trials, he was bitten by gold mining. He was finally able to relocate nearer his claims and back to a more common-sense way of life. A member of the Eastern Oregon Mining Association, he was an avid gardener, and most recently had enrolled in square dancing lessons. Past enjoyments included hunting, fishing, farming, raising animals, home winemaking, teaching Sunday school, holding Bible study, and acting in community plays. While on a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., Donny met his soul mate, Elizabeth Naparlinski, and the...

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