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Beaverton activist Roy Dancer dies

Leukemia claims volunteer hours after he is honored by city

Longtime Beaverton civic activist Roy Dancer, 82, died Monday night, just a few hours after being honored by the City Council for his outstanding volunteer activities, leadership and dedication to making the city a better place.

Knowing that their friend was battling leukemia and only had a short time to live, fellow Beaverton Optimists Jack Franklin and Marv Doty asked Mayor Rob Drake to proclaim January 2008 as Roy Dancer Month. Drake read the proclamation during the meeting and presented copies of it to Dancer's loyal friends.

'The city of Beaverton will forever be enriched through Roy Dancer's countless volunteer hours,' Drake said.

Dancer was a charter member of the West Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee, one of the city's first recognized neighborhood groups.

In that role he rallied neighbors to preserve land and prevent inappropriate retail encroachment into nearby residential neighborhoods, Drake said.

Dancer served on several boards and service groups including Beaverton Optimists Club, Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement, Beaverton Police Chief's Advisory Board, Beaverton Boys and Girls Club, Beaverton Police Activities League, Beaverton Parade Steering Committee, the former Taste of Beaverton Committee, Washington County Civil Service Arbitration Board and the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Washington County.

He was also a member of a citizen advocate group that led an effort to make the Tualatin Hills Nature Park whole. The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District recognized his longtime support for local parks by officially naming a three-acre site in West Beaverton Roy E. Dancer Park.

'He's an amazing man,' said Council President Catherine Arnold, who worked with him for many years on the Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement. 'He's been quite a mentor to me.'

Dancer has been honored with several awards for his community service including the Vergie Ries Award for leadership in his neighborhood, Beaverton's Good Neighbor of the Year, Beaverton Optimist of the Year, the Trail Blazer Super Star Award as one of six Oregon winners and the JC Penney Golden Rule Award.

'He will be greatly missed and forever remembered,' said Marv Doty.