The death has occurred of Gary Paul Haseltine, entrepreneur, local businessman, connoisseur of fine wines, great-grandfather and proud resident of Hood River. After bravely facing a long illness, he passed away amongst his family at his Victorian ranch home here on July 29, 2011.
Gary was born in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 16, 1946, one of three sons and one daughter of Jasper Harold Haseltine and Catherine Elsia Aston-Haseltine. Along with brothers Fredrick Mark and Alvin Jay, and sister Chloe Ann Haseltine-Jones he enjoyed a happy childhood, later joining the family business as a young man.
Inspired by his love of nature, Gary moved to Hood River, Ore., in the early 1960s, becoming a popular foreman in the local sawmill and raising his family of four lovely daughters - Cindy, Felicia, Diana and Loanna - amidst the raw, unique beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Born with curious mind, Gary subsequently returned to school and graduated with honors in 1985 in respiratory therapy from Mount Hood Community College. He was justly proud of his career of 26 years as a respiratory therapist, fondly caring for thousands of patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, working diligently and dedicatedly.
Blessed with great energy, Gary also realized his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and developing properties for the rental market, energetically breathing new life and charm into any apartment or house he acquired.
He loved travel, nature, collecting, leather working and restoring antiques; his house in Hood River boasted many examples of local antiques and objects of art lovingly restored. He also loved fishing, camping and hiking in the beautiful local surroundings and developed a great understanding of Gorge wine.
On trips to Europe, his innate knowledge of wine and canny American palate were always greatly admired. Yet, though Gary traveled around the world, he always considered his home in Hood River to be the most beautiful place.
In his own mind, Gary's most important accomplishment was his family, starting with his four daughters and blossoming with their 10 children and five great-grandchildren. His desire to build a dream home large enough to accommodate his extended family and his antique collection - collected and loving restored with the help of his grandsons - was a point of great personal pride.
Gary's memory will be kept alive by his adoring family: daughters Cindy Haseltine-Pryor, Felicia Haseltine-Sendejas, Diana Haseltine-Fortesque and Loanna Haseltine-Deeny; grandchildren Vanessa Ward-Scott, Jonathan Haseltine, Antonio Rodriguez, Selena Ward, Jimmy Drennan III, William Olofson, Sergio Reyes, Elizabeth Reyes, Justin Cannon and Isabel Sendejas; and great-grandchildren, Annieka Vaughan, Levi Collie, Arizona Olofson, Kian Ward and Skyler Price.
The family would like to express their profound gratitude and very personal thanks to Gary's co-workers at Good Samaritan Legacy Hospital in Portland, Ore., for their incredible outpouring of kindness, generosity and support.
His friends and colleagues there went way beyond what one could imagine in being present for Gary and his family during his illness.
The family would also like to thank Home Health of Providence for their careful consideration.
Gary was also a member of the Eagles in Hood River, and donated to the Disabled Vets of America. These were two very important aspects in Gary's life.
After courageously facing eight months of a demanding illness, in his parting from this life Gary boldly demonstrated the very qualities of courage and fortitude, which characterized this unique gentleman's comportment throughout his life.
He will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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