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A good friend and climber passed away today...

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I have some sad news for friends and accquaintances of Don Gonthier, a Portland area climber. Don passed away this morning as the result of a brain tumor that was diagnosed last summer. Don instructed climbing classes at Clackamas Community College, on occasion at Mt Hood Community College, and was part owner of a small guide service for a while. His climbing career spanned a couple decades, and I could fill a forum with stories and memories, as I am sure a few others could as well. He was a good partner and a good friend, and I will miss him very much. Goodbye, Don, I love you, man.

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Always sorry to hear of the passing of a kindred spirit. My condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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"wise king, do not grieve - for everyone one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end - let he who can achieve glory before death - when a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark"

 

- Beowulf

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Very sorry to hear of Don's passing; I only met him a couple of times, but his personality left an indelible impression, warm, bright, and genuine. A truly fine person. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

 

"Cattle die,

Kindred die,

Everyone dies.

 

But the good name

Will never die

Of one who has done well."

 

-Viking Proverb

 

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Sounds like Don left a rich legacy of memories and teaching--sure to carry on his spirit through climbers of tomorrow. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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Don was a good friend of mine. A co-worker at first at a job we

both hated, he accompanied me on my first climb of Mt. Hood.

Later, with our mutual friend Rodney, we climbed all around

Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. Truly, some of the

best days of my life were in the company of Don Gonthier. At my

instigation, Don, Rod, me and our friend Liz, climbed and spent

the night on the grassy ledges on Beacon Rock. One of the great

nights of my life. I will never forget him. A friend of the

family is passing funeral information on to me this week. They

wanted me to post here and I was really moved to see it had

already happened here by other people who loved him. Please

watch this space for more info if you are so inclined. Don had

mentioned people he knew from CCC (Olsons?) and I hope some of

you are reading this now. We lost a good man too soon. Let's

raise a glass or two to Don Gonthier. ----Scott K.

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I'm really sorry to hear this. I climbed with Don twice and ran into him here and there a few other times. Always glad to see him. He was a good guy and will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and close friends.

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This is sad to hear. We climbed with Don considerably many, many years ago. Met him again just last summer in the Gorge after all these years. He had recently finished his degree and had great objectives on the horizon with no indication that it would be otherwise. We have lost a valued friend. A good friendship lasts for a lifetime. My condolences to friends and family.

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Let's raise a glass or two to Don Gonthier. ----Scott K.

 

Consider it raised. :brew::brew::brew: Warm regards to all my brothers breathing or not as all too soon, our turn will come to follow Don.

 

How about a picture or 3 of Don?

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A memorial service for Don is scheduled for this Thursday,

Feb. 12 at 2 P.M. at

St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

2036 SE Jefferson Street

Milwaukie, OR 97222

 

A gathering celebrating Don's life is to follow after at Don's

sister's house in Clackamas.

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I uploaded five photos of Don, but don't know how to let everyone

reading see them. Never done this before. Any help?

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Pretty simple -- people can click on your username, and a little drop-down menu appears. At the bottom is the option to "View Photos". Or they can follow this here linky

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Here you go:

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Here they are. Thank you for the huge contribution! I never got to climb with Don, but I did with many people that he introduced to the game at Clackamas CC, including my current main partner Ujahn. They all, without exception, were very skilled for the amount of time they had been climbing, a testament to Dons skill as a teacher.

 

 

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Thanks for posting those guys.

 

Wasn't that Don who had his picture in Climbing? The one where he was holding that melted rope he'd lost in the Snow Creek fire? That was a good story.

 

Unfortunately there's no way I can make it to the memorial Thursday. Think I'll go get that glass to raise now...

 

 

 

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Yes that was Don and another friend, Marty after they led dozens of people over Asgard and out of harms way .

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Thanks for posting these pictures guys:

 

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Look at those eyes, That is the kind of person that you want to rope up with.

 

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Peshastin Pinnacles, Martian Slab? Upper Diagonal Direct? Captain Pissgums? Anyone?

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Look at those eyes, That is the kind of person that you want to rope up with.

dude, look at that upper-lip! that's the kinda person you want a mustache-ride from! :)

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Ivan, if you can't say something decent about a fellow climber's passing, WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP ????!!!!!!

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Hello,

I'm Don's sister, Diane. Please know that Don's family has always known what a great guy he is and were never so proud of him as in the last six months when he battled brain cancer. Some of the same qualities that helped him maintain a positive outlook and to maintain his dry sense of humor I'm sure are some of the same qualities that helped him on his many adventures.

 

We're holding a service Thursday afternoon followed by a gathering at his sister, Donna's, house in Clackamas. We welcome his friends and would love to hear some of your memories.

 

We have some of the photos that were posted earlier. I heard a bit about the night on Beacon Rock just a few weeks ago. My Mom hated that Don climbed but understood his passion and tried not to worry. I think is was a year or two before he showed her the photo holding the burnt rope that appeared in Climbing(?) after the 1996 fires.

 

We put up a blog a couple of months ago to help keep family and friends informed. The church address is posted on the blog at http://climberdon.blogspot.com

 

If you'd like directions to the celebration of Don's life, please e-mail me at diane.gonthier@gmail.com

 

Don's family (Diane, Donna, John, Dolores, Joe, Mike and Brian)

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Ivan, if you can't say something decent about a fellow climber's passing, WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP ????!!!!!!

i never met don, but i know several people who knew him - based on them, and on the pictures of don, which show him always w/ a smile, i'm gonna assume he believed in life as an enjoyable, not a solemn, endeavor - if you knew him and thought i was crapping on his memory, i apologize - every wake i've ever attended was fun as hell, mostly b/c we spent all our time remembering the good shit about the guy who died and telling jokes - you must be very sad indeed at his passing if you can't enjoy a good old fashioned mustache joke! again, my condolences for those who knew him.

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