Baker City, 1930-2020
Albert H. Durgan, 89, of Baker City, died Jan. 25, 2020, at his residence at Meadowbrook Place.
A celebration of his life will take place in the spring.
Al was born on June 29, 1930, at Baker City to Fred and Lora (Craven) Durgan. He graduated from Baker High School in 1948, attended Eastern Oregon State College for two years and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1957. Al served in the U.S. Army for two years and was a member of the 7th Infantry Division serving in Korea during the Korean War.
He married Iris Willingham in Baker City in 1953 and they were married for 27 years until her death in 1980. In 1982, he married Patricia (Hahn) Neill in Ontario. She also preceded him in death, passing away in 2009.
Al worked for Pioneer Bank for 34 years. He started as a teller and bookkeeper, was branch manager at Ontario for 18 years, and retired as bank president in 1992.
He loved singing, golf, bowling and fishing. He was a Friday night regular at the Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center to listen to Keith Taylor play the piano. He always had a big hug for his sweeties in every store and restaurant in Baker. He loved to go to La Grande with his nephew, Mike, for Kentucky Fried Chicken. He made sure the folks at Lew Brothers/Les Schwab were supplied with jerky from Suzie’s Meat Market.
Al was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Elks Club for 65 years, Rotary Club, Oregon League of Financial Institutions, Salvation Army, Malheur County Library and numerous other civic organizations in Baker City and Ontario. He was instrumental in the promotion and rebuilding of the Powder River Pavilion and one of the first supporters of the Baker Sports Complex.
Survivors include his children, Donn (Cindi) Durgan of Spokane, Washington, Dan (Patty) Durgan of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and Lori (Phillip) Bernstein of Boise; his stepchildren, Julie (Brad) Stoutenburg of Boise, and Chris Neill of Nampa, Idaho. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lora Durgan; his brothers, Mel and Lavonne; and his sister, Minnie.
Al’s family will be forever grateful to the following for taking care of and loving their dad over the years: loving nephew, Mike Durgan; Mary Jo Borden; Wayne and Drucilla Carpenter; the entire staff at Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living; and Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice.
Contributions in memory of Al can be made to Heart ‘N’ Home Hospice or the First Lutheran Church through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Al, or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com