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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Richard & Jue-Jue Lyons
   Posted Tue April 02, 2013
Our condolences and prayers to all DeGrofft family and friends. Duane will be missed he was a kind a gentle man, we will miss wonderful smile and laugh.

Susie Calhoun
   Posted Tue April 02, 2013
Our Prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time. Duane's humor and kindness will be missed by those he touched in his "Perfect" way, it has been a pleasure to be one of many of his coworkers.His friendship will be missed..

Pros & Sarah Picard
   Posted Tue April 02, 2013
I think the mold was broke when Duane was created, he was a man who's heart was filled with love and happiness. Looking back when I first "noticed" Duane, we were getting ready for the Dress Up Parade, our daughter was one of the Happy Canyon Princesses, Duane was on the Round-Up Board I believe. He was having a good time, decided to be a pill, looked over his shoulder and proceeded to back his horse into my Pros. At first Pros was a little miffed by this to say the least... hahaha... who would have known years later that Duane would be Pros's supervisor for awhile. Pros really got to know Duane and had the upmost respect for him as well as myself.

May God be with you Patty, Ryan, Jen, Tiah, Jack and Gabe, during this time and the years to come till you all meet again.

Cynthia Bean
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
Just want to send my ccondolences to the family. Met Duane when I started working for the tribe two years....he always had a smile and enjoyed a few jokes here and there. he will truely missed. Prayers to the family and friends.

Teara Farrow Ferman
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
My condolences to the DeGrofft family. You will be in my prayers during your time of mourning. We lost of a wonderful man but will always remember his humor and smile.

Shawna M Shillal-Gavin
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
My deepest condolences to family and friends in this time of loss. Duane was a wonderful man and had the most genuine smile. He will surely be missed and it's been an honor to have known him.

Donna Nez
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the DeGroffts. Duane was a truly genuine, down to earth nice guy who always was in a fantastic mood. I got to spend alot of time with the DeGroffts in 99' they made the experience fantastic, very nice family. Duane will be missed dearly. My condolences to the family.

Donna Sisk
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
My condolences to Duane's family, he will be greatly missed,he had such a great smile and a warm heart, he was always there to help whenever needed. I enjoyed working with Duane not only at the Confederated Tribes, but during Round UP.

Gene & Cheryl Shippentower
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
To the family and friends of Duane DeGrofft, we express our heartfelt condolence for your loss.

Eleventh Hour Warriors
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
You are in our hearts during this time of loss. May God be with you.

Leslie Cain
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
My condolences go out to all Duane's Family. Will remember his great smile and positive attitude in fact he had a "perfect" attitude. I hope all your memories will help you through this difficult time.

Sandy Ott
   Posted Sat April 06, 2013
Duane was a kind gentlemen that will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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