Duane H. DeGrofft

Born: Sun., Dec. 19, 1948
Died: Sat., Mar. 30, 2013


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Thu., Apr. 04, 2013
Location: Vert Auditorium


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Duane H. DeGrofft

Duane DeGrofft, 64 of Pendleton died Saturday at his home March 30th, 2013. Born as the 7th generation into an Oregon pioneer family, Duane’s ancestors settled in the Oregon Territory in 1849.  Duane was born to Lee Hollis DeGrofft and Betty Jean (Thrasher) DeGrofft on December 19th, 1948 in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Friends and family alike remembered Duane as a well-liked, down to earth guy who never lost his sense of integrity.   Raised on the Summit Creek Ranch on the Upper Imnaha River, he loved the outdoors from fixing fence to gathering cattle on the Hells Canyon rim rocks. When asked, he always said “I’m perfect!”

Duane graduated from Joseph High school in 1967.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls in 1971 where he met his wife of 41 years, Patricia Ann Alford.  They were married July 1, 1972 in her hometown of Red Bluff, California.

Duane was a teacher and mentor in Eastern Oregon for 30 years before working for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. As well, he was an active member of Pendleton community.   A dedicated Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon volunteer for 40 years, he served as Livestock Director and Show Director for Happy Canyon from 1989-1996 , a Hall of Fame Director from 1996-1999 and Parade Director and Court Director for the Round-Up Association from 1999-2007. He greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his lodge on Bell Cow Creek west of Meacham where he was a steadfast steward of the land. 

Duane is survived by his wife Patty Ann, his son Ryan DeGrofft and his wife Jen (Fleischmann) DeGrofft, their sons Jack and Gabriel, and daughter Tiah  DeGrofft all of Pendleton as well as his brother Dr. Darrel and wife Marty DeGrofft of  Fort Collins, CO. and sister Lynda and her husband Reid Kooch of, Enterprise OR.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations may be made to the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame PO Box 609, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

Services will be held at the Vert Auditorium Thursday  April 4th at  3:00pm.  His ashes will be spread by his family at the DeGrofft lodge near Meacham Oregon and in the Wallowa Mountains.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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