Donald Carroll Kipp
Donald Carroll Kipp, 88, died on January 6, 2018 in Keizer, Oregon.
Don was born April 27, 1929, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Callie Jane and C.H. Kipp. He attended school in Baker, Oregon, and studied at Caldwell High School and St. Francis Academy in Baker. He was active in athletics, particularly football, track and basketball.
Don married the love of his life, Lenore Lund of Sandy, Oregon, on June 9, 1951, at the Chapel of the Hills while both were students at the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth. There, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He earned his PhD in Educational Administration in 1972.
Don served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. During his service, their daughter Becky was born, and he met her upon completion of his service when she was 16 months old.
Don and Lenore then earned their Oregon Teaching Licenses and started teaching together at Three Lynx School.
They suffered the loss of two infant daughters: Susan, in 1957 and Julie in 1961. However, God recognized their longing for more children, and He provided adoptions of son Tom, January 4, 1962 and son Jon, November 17, 1963.
During his career, Don was the teaching principal of Happy Valley School, principal of Milwaukie's Harmony Elementary School, and the first principal of Rowe Junior High School. At age 39, Don became Superintendent of Schools for Madras and Jefferson County. In 1974, he was asked to join the Oregon Department of Education.
Don became superintendent of Woodburn School District in 1984, and was recruited as an adjunct professor for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. He was a founding member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.
While he enjoyed tremendous professional success, family was always his greatest joy. Don was a good friend to many and maintained lifelong friendships from childhood. He was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church; one of his closest friends was Pastor Lloyd "Bud" Roholt of Milwaukie Lutheran Church.
Don was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He took up golf in retirement and was a regular at McNary Golf Course. He loved reading, travel and camping.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and brother, and two infant daughters. He is survived by his wife, Lenore, of 66 years, daughter Becky (Larry) of Lake Oswego, son Tom (Julie) of Redmond, and son Jon of Hillsboro, granddaughter Stephanie (Bryon) Hobby of Billings, Montana, grandson Brian (Sandie) of Salem, grandson Zachary Glenn and granddaughter Annie Lenore Glenn of Forest Grove, great-granddaughters Fiona and Maryn and greatgrandson Sam.
A celebration of his life will be held in April at the McNary Golf Club