Donald Ray Roark, much loved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 25, 2018, at his home in Portland, Ore.
Don was born on May 18, 1967, in Pendleton, Ore., to Sam and Linda Jo (Milner) Roark. Moving with his parents to Fort Campbell, Ky., they returned to the Hood River Valley in 1968. Don attended Parkdale Elementary, Wy’east Middle School, Hood River Valley High School, and Mt. Hood Community College. After leaving college, he worked for 30 years for the same company as a computer design engineer.
Don loved the wonders of nature all over the great northwest and became a skilled photographer, documenting the beautiful scenery from his hiking adventures. He loved computers and all forms of electronics and enjoyed being creative with his 3D printer, making many intricate and delightful objects that amazed and intrigued his nieces and nephews.
His three nieces and three nephews were always excited to open Uncle Don’s gifts because, “Uncle Don always gives the best gifts.”
Don is survived by his parents, of Parkdale, brother Steve and his wife Stacie (Dickerson) Roark and their two children Colin and Claire, of Olympia, Wash., sister Angela and husband Thomas Krane, of Vancouver, Wash., and sister Amy and her husband Joshua Gines and their four children Brynn, Lincoln, Olivia and Spencer, of Happy Valley, Ore.
There will be a private internment of his ashes at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale at a future date.
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