George “Bruce” Borton was born on July 22, 1960, in Hood River, Ore. He passed away on Oct. 8, 2009, in Richland, Wash., after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. He was 49 years old.
Bruce was raised in Hood River, with stints in North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Alaska as part of a military family. In 1978 Bruce married Donna Davidson and moved to Milton-Freewater, Ore. There he began a career as a steel-construction worker, bought a home, and began raising a family.
In January 1981, Bruce was involved in a serious automobile accident while driving to work. After three months in a coma, and nearly two years of rehabilitation, Bruce relearned how to speak, walk, and write with his left hand. Despite limited use of his right hand, Bruce became a skilled carpenter, building beautiful furniture with exquisite patience and attention to detail.
All who knew Bruce will remember his devotion as a father and son, his kindness and generosity as a friend and neighbor, his sense of humor, his bravery, and an occasional stubborn streak that helped him overcome many obstacles and reflected a profound strength of character.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father, George Borton. He is survived by his parents, Barbara and Max Linder of Hood River; brothers Gary Borton and wife Kit of Hood River, Kenny Borton and wife Jill of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Michael Linder and wife Laura of Salem, Ore; numerous nieces and nephews; son Sean Borton and daughter-in-law Carly and grandson Benjamin Borton of Charlottesville, Va.; and daughter Brandi Borton and grandsons William and Alex Best of La Pine, Ore.
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