Terry Dixon Daline

December 22, 1946March 9, 2023
Obituary of Terry Dixon Daline
Terry Dixon Daline Terry Dixon Daline passed away at home in his sleep on the morning of Thursday, March 9. Terry was born December 22, 1946 to Phyllis and Milton Daline, the first of their nine children. Terry is deeply missed by Megan, his wife of 52 years; his three children, Cara Rice (Ryan), Cameron Daline (Dawn), and Casey McDonald (Brandon); his four grandchildren, Colby and Caden Rice, Graham Daline, and Luna McDonald; and his siblings and friends. Terry spent the majority of his life in Laurelhurst, much of which in the same house his parents purchased in 1954, and which Terry and his wife Megan bought from them in 1986. Terry is remembered by many for an incredible work ethic and a “rocket arm” which was developed on his childhood paper route in NE Portland, where he even delivered papers the day of the Columbus Day storm in 1962 (“they just flew right back”). That arm also served him well playing baseball and later softball. He attended Laurelhurst Grade School and Grant High School, and still gathered regularly with his grade school friends. Terry served in the Navy from 1965 to 1969. He took special care to graduate at the top of his class, ensuring teenage Terry could choose his base (Hawaii). Terry was always pleased to report that in four years of active duty, he never stepped foot on a ship. Following his service, Terry and Megan married in 1970, and Terry then attended Museum Art School (now called Pacific Northwest College of Art). Terry was an award winning graphic designer, and much of his work can still be seen around town, such as the Oregon lottery crossed finger logo. He was an accomplished visual artist, and a lifelong supporter of the arts—from patronizing Portland Art Museum to encouraging crayola masterpieces from the children in his life. Terry and Megan raised three children together, who now are also parents. Terry is described by all as a gentle spirit, with a perennial twinkle in his eye who was sometimes known to not make it to the punchline of a really good joke because he was laughing too hard. Generous with his artistic gifts, Terry designed for family, friends and neighbors countless beautiful wedding invitations, birth announcements, t-shirts, children’s choir logos and programs, and even a few birthday cakes (a purple Barney confection comes to mind), delighting his young niece. Terry was a longtime member of a recreational bowling league, and enjoyed many weekends over the years playing football with his Laurelhurst friends, where he may have gleefully hidden digs at the Yankees in the t-shirts he designed for the event. In his retirement, Terry picked up his childhood love of stamp collecting, enthusiastically showing the intricate art to his kids. He loved music and collecting records, and sharing that love with his family. Terry was a dear friend to many, a beloved husband, and a great dad and grandpa. He is already deeply missed. When you think of him, retell a joke that makes you laugh until you cry, support a young artist, and splurge on the nicer steak at the grocery store. A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at Greater Portland Bible Church on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm (2374 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219). All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Pacific Northwest College of Art at or mailed to PCNA, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209. In the comment section mention that your donation is in Terry Daline’s memory.

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