=
Expand search form

In Memoriam: Donald M. Murtha (Jan. 17, 1937 – March 1, 2022)

Don Murtha passed away at the age of 85 on March 1, 2022. He was born in Queens, New York to John Charles and Selma Alberta Murtha and lived in his younger years in Hempstead, New York.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. Don was a reporter in the old style of Walter Cronkite. At the time of John F. Kennedy’s death, on which he reported, he worked for The Savannah Evening Press in Savannah, Georgia. Don also reported on the civil rights movement of the time. 

Going West was his life’s dream. He reported for The Sacramento Bee out of the Placerville, California office for several years. He finally made it to Oregon, where he became editor of The Woodburn Independent and then editor of The Silverton Appeal, at that time owned by Joe Davis.

Don left the news industry for a while, but returned to his first love, reporting, by becoming a contributor to Our Town, from which he retired.

Don was a person who thought of other people first. His infectious smile was always present; he had a great sense of humor, also known as the “Murtha humor.”

He had suffered with Pulmonary Fibrosis beginning in 2009 for which there is no cure. Barely able to breath, he was made comfortable by the care of Willamette Valley Hospice. 

He his survived by his wife of 61 years, Gisela; sons, Poul (Ramona) and Bob (Susan); three grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother, John Murtha and sister, Nancy Sexton. His sister, Carolyn Feller, preceded him in death.

The funeral service was held on March 24 at St. Mary Church in Mount Angel. 

The family was assisted by Unger Funeral Chapel.   

Previous Article

In Memoriam: Robert Bodkin (March 4, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2022)

Next Article

In Memoriam: Carolyn Elaine Brenden (Feb. 28, 1949 – March 8, 2022)

You might be interested in …

In Memoriam: Ann Marie Rue (March 2, 1935 – Jan. 6, 2023)

Ann Marie Rue, age 87, of Salem, Oregon, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. She was born in Silverton, Oregon as Ann Marie Dahl, daughter of Anton & Petra Dahl, and was the youngest child in her family with three older brothers. Ann grew up in the Silverton and Salem areas, attending and graduating from Silverton High School in […]

Gerald Allen Drain 1959 – 2019

Gerald “Jerry” Allen Drain was born on Feb. 4, 1959, to Frederick Allen Drain and Diane Marie Ferguson, in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began elementary school in Maryville, Missouri, then completed elementary school in Mukilteo, Washington. He graduated from Mariner High School in Everett, Washington in 1976. He went to Northwestern University in Maryville, Missouri for two years majoring in art […]

In Memoriam: Rosemary Meier (April 3, 1925 – Dec. 5, 2022)

Rosemary Meier, 97,  daughter of Francis Rosewell and Rose (Burger) Coleman was born April 3, 1925 in Portland, Oregon.  She passed away Dec. 5, 2022 at her residence. Rosemary received her nursing degree and worked at pediatric doctors’ offices until her retirement. She was married to “Dick” Robert Frederick, who preceded her in death in 2013. Rosemary was member of the […]