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Gary Savin

August 3, 2020


Gary Savin was discovered Monday, August 3rd 2020, in the George Himes Park in SW Portland by hikers who contacted Officer Joshua Dery of the Portland Police East Precinct.  He was age 72.  The cause of death is pending completion of the investigation, but foul play is not suspected as the direct cause. 

Gary lived most of his life moving alternately between Portland and Corvallis, OR.  Gary completed high school in Corvallis, OR.  In his early years, he worked as a machinist.  Most people who knew Gary were not aware that he was legally blind in one eye.  As a toddler, sight was lost while playing in a sandbox.

Even so, into his 70’s Gary loved to go for long bike rides.  He was an avid music lover and familiar with most genres of music.  Guitars and Ukuleles were a favorite hobby as well as traveling to hear and to encourage struggling musicians.  Gary considered himself only a novice musician, but he loved to listen to and bolster those who chose music as a means of survival.  He viewed it as a noble career.  Gary also had a dependable cryptic sense of humor which made him fun to be around. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Muriel B. Gabriel in 2010 of Portland, OR.   He is survived by his sister Jeannie M. Welsch and her children Patrick O’Connor and Emily Dant & her grandchildren of the Atlanta, Georgia metro area, and a brother Daniel B. Allen and wife Cathy Allen of Liberty, MO.

A future crypt-side service is hoped for when able at Riverview Abbey, Portland, OR at Single Niche 6E8 Cottonwood.  No date is set for it yet at this time.  If information is needed please contact: 

Jeannie Welsch
5903 Brookside Drive SE
Mableton, GA  30126


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