In Memoriam: Jerome Francis Donahe (Aug. 14, 1937 – April 17, 2021)

May 2021 Posted in Obituary

Jerome Francis (Jerry or J. F.) Donahe, of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe. An older sister, Joanne, greeted him and he was followed by a younger sister, Selene.

At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He served as senior class president, was active in the music program, and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After attending Pacific Lutheran University (where he played football and baseball), he worked for a short time at Boeing, living near Seattle, and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Thrivent Lutheran Brotherhood while living in West Linn and Lake Oswego. 

He married Sharon Julian in 1961 and together raised two sons, Terence Anthony and Lawrence Patrick. He supported his sons’ athletic endeavors by coaching their various sport teams and cheering for them. He enjoyed fishing and camping. After a divorce, Jerry moved back to Sweet Home. 

In 2006, he married Janet (Mauer) Casad and they enjoyed travel in their RV to the Oregon coast, numerous national parks and monuments, and his favorite locations to “dry camp” in the mountains. He particularly enjoyed visiting Clear Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet Donahe of Silverton; sons, Terry Donahe of Lake Oswego and Larry (Michelle) Donahe of Hutchinson, Minnesota; grandchildren Trey, Cole, and Audrey Donahe; former wife Sharon Donahe of Lake Oswego; sister Selene Estep of McMinnville; sister Joanne Van Dyck of Beaverton; stepchildren Emily (Thomas) Sims of San Marcos, Texas and Timothy (Jennifer) Casad of Jefferson, Oregon; step-grandchildren Benjamin and Breyanna Casad; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the caring staff of Sweet Bye N Bye in Salem and Willamette Valley Hospice for their support and care. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Given the continuing pandemic, the family will not be holding a service at this time. He died of non-COVID related causes.

Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon.

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