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From: "Robert Letson" <>
Subject: Re: [LETSON] Obituary for G. Donald Letson
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 18:39:42 -0700
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Ann,
He is in the RI Letson US line,. John, Michael, William, William, James
line. Part of this line moved to Oregon and this is where we find him.

Best wishes to all for a good 2011.

Bob
--
Robert Letson
Tucson, AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Monnier
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 4:54 PM
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Subject: Re: [LETSON] Obituary for G. Donald Letson

Robert, thanks for the obituary for G. Donald Letson. Do you know what
Letson line this is. Canada perhaps?

Ann Monnier

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Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 1:05 PM
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Subject: [LETSON] Obituary for G. Donald Letson

The following is the obituary for Gordon Donald Letson, son of Marcus Rodman
and Lillian Mabel (Weiss) Letson. I am attaching the URL so that interest
members can find the original.
[It so happens that I, Bob Letson, was also born in 1925. Wish I could have
had the pleasure of meeting him.
Bob

--
Robert Letson
Tucson, AZ

Obituary Posted at Internet URL:
http://www.terryfamilyfuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/terryf0/obit.cgi?user=
299135Letson

Biography

George Donald Letson

Don Letson died peacefully Jan. 1, 2011 surrounded by his family at the age
of 85. The youngest of three children born to Mark and Lillian Letson, Don
grew up in the St. Johns area of North Portland. After graduating from
Benson Polytechnic School in 1942 Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His wartime
service was spent aboard an LCI in France, Sicily, Italy, and North Africa.

After WWII Don returned to Portland, and went to work at the White Motor
Company. In 1948 he joined Associated Oil Company. His career with Tidewater
Associated spanned 38 years during which he was transferred and promoted to
various positions in California and Washington before returning to Portland
in 1961 as terminal manager at the Linnton Terminal. The remainder of his
career was spent as terminal manager for the Portland and Vancouver plants
while the company merged with Phillips 66 and then GATX. He retired from
GATX in 1986.

It was Don's lifelong interest in antique and classic cars and trucks for
which he is best known. In particular, his passion for all things Packard.
He was widely recognized in Packard circles as an authority, and as an
excellent mechanic and craftsman.

Don's greatest enjoyment in life came from the many friendships made along
the way as he collected, restored, traded, toured, and admired cars. He was
always willing to help someone who needed a hand with their old car project,
and the doors of Letson Garage were always open to those who shared his
appreciation of classic automobiles and trucks. His shop was a popular
gathering spot for the exchange of great stories, tall tales, sage advice,
and insider's tips on a wide range of topics. It was a regular stop for
many.

Don leaves behind daughters: Donna Stone of Austin, TX, Carolyn Montigue of
Portland, Anita Eaton of Vancouver, Susan Letson of Portland; son, James
Letson of Woodway, WA; Special Friend and Companion, Ruth Ridgway of
Portland; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held in the chapel of Skyline Memorial Gardens
Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM. A memorial reception and
celebration of Don's life will follow at 1PM at LETSON GARAGE, 8513 N.
Syracuse. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Funeral Service

Saturday January 8, 2011, 11:00 AM - 11:00 am at Skyline Memorial Gardens
Funeral Chapel
Click for Map and Directions
Reception

Saturday January 8, 2011, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Letson Garage
Click for Map and Directions
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