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In Memoriam: Wayne A. Devine (September 24, 1942– August 14, 2022)

 Wayne A. Devine passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022 at the age of 79. He was the youngest of four children born to Merle and Hazel (Bevier) Devine. Wayne was born in Gates, Oregon on September 24, 1942, where he grew up and enjoyed countless joyful hunting and fishing adventures.

Wayne and Jeanne Devine married in 1965 and recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Wayne was a devoted father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather who loved nothing more than the commotion of children running through their home. He particularly loved large family dinners where he could dive into deep discussions with the sound of children gleefully playing in the background. Wayne loved hearing what his children, grandchildren and great grandchild were doing and he was so very proud of all of them. Wayne also prizedJeanne’s cooking and was happy to share it with his family and friends.

Wayne fell timber in the Santiam Canyon and Oregon Coast Range and was known for putting trees down in the precise spot he claimed they’d land. This skill made him popular with neighbors who needed troublesome trees felled on their properties. In later years, Wayne was content to quit logging and concentrated on farming the property he and his brother owned.

Wayne also enjoyed visiting his gorgeous, somewhat untamed, property in British Columbia. He and Jeanne spent many beautiful summers there, updating their cabin while enjoying the quiet nature around them, until Covid made it difficult to cross the border.

Wayne is survived by his wife Jeanne (Britton) Devine, children: Debbie Turner (Dell), Brad Devine and Danielle Devine, sisters: Norma Jean Etzel and Lorena Cole, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brother Gordon Devine. A Celebration of Life will be held 2PM, Saturday, August 27 at Gates Community Church of Christ.

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