Norman D. 'Don' Anson
Norman D. "Don" Anson, 86, a longtime resident of the Forest Grove community, died Sunday evening, July 18, 2021.
Graveside Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Elgin Cemetery, in Elgin
(Union County), Oregon. Please join the family at the Elgin Community Center Pavillion for refreshments.
Norman Donald Anson was born February 13, 1935, in Walla Walla, Washington, the son of the late Charlie Anson and Carolyn (Gray) Anson. He was raised and received his education in the communities of Elgin and Hermiston, graduating with the Elgin High School Class of 1953. Upon his high school graduation, Don attended Eastern Oregon State University in La Grande, receiving a bachelor's degree in education.
Don was united in marriage to Phyllis Arloa "Fig" Buschke on April 30, 1954, in Elgin, Oregon. Following their marriage they moved to the Forest Grove community, where they both started their teaching careers. They taught in Forest Grove for twenty-five years, Don teaching at Tom McCall Middle School and Kwajalein Jr/Sr High in the Marshall Islands from 1969 to 1976. They returned to Forest Grove to finish their teaching careers.
Among his special interests, Don loved to travel, and he and "Fig" went on 25 cruises and visited 6 continents, just missing Antarctica which they planned to visit when she was diagnosed with PSP, which ended their long travels.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, "Fig", on March 16, 2013, after celebrating over fifty-eight years of marriage together. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Carolyn Anson.
Survivors include his three children, Dale Anson and his wife, Lisa, of Boise, Idaho: Kay Clayton and her partner Fred Timberlake, of Aloha, Oregon and Kelly Anson and his wife, Erica, of Vancouver, Washington. Also surviving are his six grandchildren, his six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions the American Heart Association, Oregon Chapter, 4380 S. Macadam Avenue, #480, Portland, Oregon 97239, in his memory.
To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to www.fuitenrosehoyt.com. Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is entrusted with the arrangements.