Gregory Donald Lindsey, who in 1967 was Oregon's fastest high school sprinter and almost won the state track team championship, died April 18, 2022 in LaQuinta, Ca., after a six- year battle with cancer. He was 72.
Greg was born in Portland May 11, 1949, to Don and Donna Lindsey, and was raised in Lake Oswego, graduating from Lake
Oswego High School in 1967.
He won the 100- and 200-yard dash races and finished second in the 440-yard relay race at the high school track championship in Corvallis. Along with teammate Greg Rigby, who won the javelin, the two combined for 38 team points, only 10 behind then-juggernaut Centennial. Greg went to University of Oregon to play football and track, settling on football under coach Jerry Frei. After his sophomore year, he was drafted into the US Army and served in the Airborne Infantry in Vietnam. He returned to play two more years at wide receiver, and he caught the final touchdown pass of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts.
After football, Greg began his career in the electrical supply industry at Taylor Electric in Portland, hired by Harold Taylor, a beloved UO supporter in the 1960s and '70s. And he married Victoria Brown, who gained national attention as the first woman coxswain on a men's collegiate rowing team in the country while at Oregon.
They subsequently moved to Sammamish, Wa., where Greg worked in several positions for several different electrical supply companies. And they raised their family there. Greg coached his son Christopher in baseball and soccer, and supported daughter Mary in her theater career.
Greg enjoyed watching all Duck sports, but especially football. He also enjoyed golf, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends, all of whom agreed his sense of humor and wry wit was legendary. Greg retired in 2011 after a 40-year- career, and he and Victoria moved to LaQuinta, Ca.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Victoria; son Christopher and wife Shirah of Lake Oswego, daughter Mary McMasters and husband Andrew of Burien, Wa.; two brothers Douglas of Lake Oswego and wife Kathy, and Richard of San Jose, Ca. and wife Alison; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Memorial Mass is scheduled June 7, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, La Quinta, Ca. A private interment at Willamette National Cemetery and a celebration of Greg's life will be held later in June.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Oregon Foundation, Portland Police Sunshine Division, or the ASPCA.