Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas
Donald C. Digman
Jan. 9, 1944-Oct. 20, 2011
At his own request, no services are planned for Donald C. Digman, who died Oct. 20.
Mr. Digman, born Jan. 9, 1944, was raised in Portland.
He was a member of the Elks for more than 40 years.
He worked as a manufacturing engineer for Michaels of Oregon. He was also a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
He is survived by his siblings Sandra Durland and Dennis Digman; companion Linda Furman; friend Dawn Jackson; nieces Tracy Neuhauser and Kristine Parker; and nephew Mark Digman.
Arrangements were by Autumn Funerals, Cremation and Burial, Tigard.
Arthur (Pat) Kirkpatrick
Aug. 31, 1917-Oct. 18, 2011
Arthur (Pat) Kirkpatrick died Oct. 18 in Kent, Wash., of congestive heart disease. He was 94.
He was born Aug. 31, 1917, in Helena, Mont., to Fred and Anne Kirkpatrick.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps.
He was a retired engineer.
On May 13, 1977, he married Peggy Piper, who preceded him in death.
Donald Ashley Miller
Sept. 11, 1949-Sept. 21, 2011
Donald Ashley Miller died in Tualatin on Sept. 21, 10 days after his 62nd birthday.
He was born Sept. 11, 1949, in Hood River to Lula Mae Wetherell and Everett Miller, the fifth child born to the couple. In 1967, he graduated from Marshfield High School, where he participated in wrestling and football.
After graduation, he enrolled in Lewis and Clark College and played football all four years. While there, he met his future wife, Diana Smith. In 1971, he graduated with a BS in science and enrolled in a graduate program at Oregon State University that fall.
Donald Ashley Miller and Diana Smith were married Sept. 9, 1972, on Orcas Island in Washington and returned to Corvallis, where he earned an MS in nuclear chemistry from OSU in 1973. Shortly after graduation, he and his wife moved to Tigard, where they lived ever since.
He worked as an engineer and salesman for wood product companies, including COE Manufacturing, Lacey-Harmer Co., and American Wood Dryers, where he was most recently employed.
He also served as soccer coach, Boy Scout leader and adviser, football coach, was a band booster parent and a supporter of youth activities.
Survivors include his wife Diana; daughter Denise; son Dale; sisters Toni Perkins with children Rebekkah and Nathan, Joan Miller and Ruth Pratt; brothers, Randy, Jerry and Robert Miller.
His parents and sister Joyce Miller preceded him in death.
Services will be held Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at Mountain Park Church, 40 McNary Parkway, in Lake Oswego, followed by a reception luncheon at the same location.
Memorial contributions in the name of Donald Ashley Miller may be made to the American Heart Association (americanheart.org) through their website or to his daughter-in-law's marathon sponsor page at honor.americanhear.org.
Young's Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Cody Bennett Smith
Nov. 11, 1989-Oct. 17, 2011
Cody Bennett Smith packed a great deal of life into 21 years. He died Oct. 17.
Born Nov. 11, 1989, he was blessed with a natural talent for athletics, playing football, soccer, basketball and was unbelievable on a trampoline. He became a lover of boards (snowboards, skateboards and wake-boards).
Immediately following his 2008 graduation from Tigard High School, he went to Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
Humor was a strong point, and he was good with a joke. He loved animals and was kind and gentle.
Mr. Smith is survived by his mother, Lori Goldade Smith; father Evan Smith; sister McKenzie Smith; grandparents Stan and Beth Kennedy and Terry and Fern Smith; stepmother Teresa Smith; stepbrother Adam Thomas; stepsisters Emily, Jenni and Molly Thomas.
A funeral was held at the Lakeridge LDS Chapel on Saturday, and Mr. Smith was laid to rest at Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard. Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Lillian Josephine Watson
June 4, 1918-Oct. 19, 2011
Hillsboro resident Lillian Josephine Watson died Oct. 19 in her home at the age of 93.
The daughter of Leon J. and Susie (Grady) Rockwell, she was born June 4, 1918, in Puyallup, Wash., raised and received her education in the Puyallup community, graduating from Puyallup High School.
She graduated from Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster with an associate's degree in archeology.
On Oct. 6, 1956, she married Warren K. Watson in Lancaster, and they resided in Lancaster for a few years before living in the communities of Rockaway Beach, Roseburg and, finally, returned to California.
She and her husband celebrated 38 years of marriage prior to Mr. Watson's death in 1994, after which she moved to Tigard to be closer to family.
She enjoyed bingo, oil painting and traveling the world.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents Leon and Susie Rockwell; son Daniel C. Watson; and her brothers George and Roy Rockwell.
Survivors include son Michael Watson and his wife Kathy of Hillsboro, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Private interment was held, and Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives-Hillsboro handled arrangements.
June Priscilla Wilbur
Nov. 7, 1924-Oct. 2, 2011
June Priscilla (Miller) Wilbur died at her home in Tigard Oct. 2 surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Born in Quincy, Mass., she was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and Brown University (Pembroke), Providence, R.I. She also attended Northern University Illinois Graduate School.
Senior class president at Brown University (Pembroke), she enjoyed working as a docent at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and also was a social worker.
Active in the Christian Science Church, she lived in Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, Tennessee and Massachusetts, before moving to Oregon.
She was married to Richard H. Wilbur for 33 years. She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Wilbur and Susan Behbahany (Masood) of Lake Oswego; son Richard B. Wilbur (Lynn Weingarden) of Emerald Hills, Calif.; brother Robert W. Miller of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom; and three grandchildren, Harris Wilbur and Sophia and Cameron Behbahany.
She will be remembered for her joy for life and her love for people, travel, music and new experiences.
A private memorial service with family was held Oct. 9 in Braintree, Mass.
Jay Darrell Zimmerman
March 16, 1922-Oct. 15, 2011
Tigard resident Jay Darrell Zimmerman died Oct. 15 in Tualatin at age 89.
He was born March 16, 1922, in Puyallup, Wash., to Charles and Mabel Zimmerman. He had one older brother and two younger sisters.
In 1940, he graduated from Puyallup High School. In 1942, he joined the Army, serving in Japan with the occupation troops before being discharged in 1946.
In 1948, he married Brita Skoog of Olympia, Wash.
After graduation from Pacific Lutheran College in 1950 and ordination into the Augustana Lutheran Church in 1954, he served congregations in Washington, California, Kansas and Oregon.
Surviving are Brita, his wife of 63 years, his sister Margot and children David, Kathy White and Cheryl McDonough, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial gifts may be sent to ELCA World Hunger, St. Luke Lutheran Church or Legacy Hospice Services.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in St. Luke Lutheran Church in Portland. Condolences may be sent at anewtradition.com. Arrangements were by Crown Memorial Center - Tualatin.