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WL resident Greg Senior died in rafting accident during weekend of Aug. 25 in Idaho.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rafting was one of Senior's greatest passions, according to Sheriff Craig Roberts. At the beginning of each day during his 27-year career with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Greg Senior would sign in with the usual "10-8" code for "in service."

But Senior always added a personal touch when he checked in — three simple words that summarized the general outlook on life that made him so beloved among his colleagues.

"All is great."

That inexhaustible positivity is one of the first things CCSO Sheriff Craig Roberts mentions when asked about Senior, a longtime West Linn resident who died in a rafting accident in Idaho the weekend of Aug. 25. The department was stunned to learn of Senior's death just five months after he retired from the force.

"For all of us it's absolutely a tragic accident — it really had an emotional impact on the entire organization," Roberts said. "Greg was one of the deputies who was always positive, upbeat, with a smile on his face."

At nearly 7 feet tall, Senior could have been an intimidating presence at the department — particularly at the county jail, where he spent the majority of his career. But according to Roberts, Senior's size belied his true nature as a caring and thoughtful public servant.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Roberts was beloved throughout the CCSO for his positive attitude, and did what he could to make an impact on those who passed through the jail.

"You see an individual who is 7-foot, and he looks intimidating, but Greg was a gentle giant," Roberts said.

Roberts tells another story he won't soon forget. A frightened young man had been arrested and was being booked at Clackamas County Jail when Senior arrived on the scene.

"If you're concerned, don't worry, nothing is going to happen to you," Senior said to the man. "I'm going to take care of you, keep an eye on you."

Later, the man's parents wrote a letter to CCSO.

"They said, 'My son was struggling with some challenges, and (Senior) took time to talk to him and say, 'Hang in there, things are going to be fine.'' That really meant the world to the family," Roberts said.

Senior, who played basketball at the University of Oregon, was also instrumental in the creation of a fitness area at the CCSO, according to Roberts.

"He is surely going to be missed by many people," Roberts said. "Just a tremendous amount of service, a tremendous amount of accolades, and you never saw the guy without a smile on his face."

West Linn Tidings reporter Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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