Donald Joseph McCormick

September 4, 1930September 1, 2012

Donald Joseph McCormick passed away Saturday morning, Sept 1, 2012, just 3 days before his 82nd birthday. Don is survived by his son Scott and his wife Tricia, and his son Gary and his wife Gloria. His 6 grandchildren are Matt, Nick, Chris, Jeran, Megan and Joseph. His 3 great grandchildren are Troy, Cole and Lilly. He is also survived by his brothers Jack and Denny. Don was preceded in death by his wife Joyce and his brother Jerry.

Don worked for the Northwest Natural Gas Company for over 40 years. He started in the Portland offices on a crew team laying pipelines, and worked his way up to Assistant to the President. In-between, he oversaw the Lincoln City District, the Eugene District and the Salem/Albany District. He also was Director of Human Resources before becoming Assistant to the President. Don felt the Joint Accord developed between the Company and the Labor Union was an important success in his professional career. Don enjoyed being part of Rotary in Portland and represented NW Natural Gas with the United Way. For Don and Joyce, sports were a part of their life together. Don was always involved in coaching, especially baseball teams. He coached teams for both Scott and Gary in Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion and Semi-Pro. He touched a lot of lives through his coaching.

They were also avid golfers and enjoyed playing new courses when they traveled. They once put off buying a new car until they could check to see if both sets of golf clubs would fit in the trunk. Don was also an avid Blazer fan. He had season tickets every year until they moved out of the Memorial Coliseum. He still continued to follow them closely, even after that move. He also was a big supporter of the South Salem High School Saxon Softball team where Scott is the Varsity Coach and Western Oregon University Softball and Baseball where Megan and Joseph played ball. He often could be seen watching games down the foul lines, sometimes behind a fence, standing with his dog Benjm.

Don and Joyce always held a special place in their hearts for their dogs. And, they knew the importance of the Oregon Humane Society. They always tried to support the Society with their efforts and their contributions.

Finally, family always came first with Don. He loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids. We all remember the ice cream he would make on his birthday. Somehow it always tasted a little better when grandpa made it. We will miss you. We love you.

A memorial service will be September 6, 2012, at 12:00 pm, at Beaverton First United Methodist Church, 12555 SW 4th St., Beaverton, Oregon. Private family burial at Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Oregon Human Society.

Arrangements by Pegg, Paxson, & Springer Chapel ~ Beaverton, Oregon.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Paul Hathaway

September 6, 2012

Don was a dear friend and valued colleague; warm and friendly, very competent in all that he did. We had wonderful times together. He will be sorely missed.

September 6, 2012

To Scott and Gary and extended family. The Simons' family (Jo, Lyle, Mike and Patty) are thinking of you during this sad time. We will always cherish the childhood memories and all the activities we shared growing up in North Portland.

Michael Downing

September 6, 2012

I knew Don through East Portland Rotary and always looked forward to seeing him. Always had a smile on his face and just a friendly, positive man. We were all very lucky to have had him in our lives. My thoughts go out to his family.

Richard Ferreira

September 6, 2012

Don was a fellow Rotarian for many years and served as president. He was a friendly and helpful person who added so much.

John & Sandy Moretty

September 6, 2012

Our sympathies to The McCormick family. Don was a great man to work for and one of his best attributes was his knowing everybody by their first names.

Laura Killam

September 6, 2012

It must have been wonderful to have Don in your life. I was fortunate to work with him at NW Natural in the distribution department when I first joined the company in 1978. I had the utmost respect for his strong work ethic and truly appreciated his professionalism. His warm smile will be missed at our retiree events. My condolences to you for your loss.

Dana Clark

September 5, 2012

I remembered Don as a member of East Portland Rotary when he moved into his Foster Care Home. He shared the home with my mother in law and I enjoyed chatting with him when we visited her.
My prayers and sympathies to you during this difficult time.

Edwin Shook

September 5, 2012

May the Lord God bless Don's family as Don is in the arms of our loving God.

September 5, 2012

Our deepest condolences to Gary, Gloria, and family. So very sorry for your loss. Renee and Tony Johnson (Avery's parents)

Staff of Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel

September 2, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.