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Gary Wendell Dornon | Obituaries

Gary Wendell Dornon, otherwise known as “Papa,” went peacefully into the light in the early morning of Friday, July 28, 2017. Under the cover of darkness, Gary transcended this earthly realm under the guidance of God, and of his family. Gary was born in Bend, Oregon on March 3, 1942. Gary’s birth was an unexpected, albeit pleasant surprise to his family, as he was a “second generation gift” with his brothers being twenty years older than he was. His only sister, Mary Lou, who was 16 years older, took care of him. When he was born, his mother had a roommate in the hospital who had a son they named “Mike” after a politician who was running for President. It was a natural thing to give Gary the nick name “Pat,” a candidate who was running against “Mike” for President, and so the nickname stayed.

While growing up, Gary’s family moved…

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