Roger was born March 26, 1926 in New York, NY to Leonard Loy Minthorn and Rosalind Greene Minthorn. He attended Teaneck Grade School (NJ), George School (Newtown, PA), a Quaker boarding school, then moved across country to Pacific College (now George Fox University) in Newberg. After graduation in 1947 he earned his MA in Economics (Columbia University, NYC).
Minthorne (the "e" was added by his father in 1934) had an entrepreneurial mindset. He ran a comic book rental company during grade school, and also repaired and resold used bicycles. After completing his degrees, he returned to Portland and began the Roger M. Minthorne Company in 1948, becoming a manufacturers' representative for the emerging market of home electronics and television. He sold, among many other things, speaker wire, grille cloth, and television picture tubes to wholesale and repair shops across the Pacific Northwest.
Minthorne entered the commercial real estate market with properties in Southwest Portland including Taylors Ferry Road, Macadam Avenue, and in the Multnomah area. He owned and developed properties in Lake Oswego, Sherwood, Tigard, Forest Grove, and Newberg, OR.
Minthorne was a man of faith and integrity who "walked the talk". He attended Parkrose Friends Church in the 1950s, serving as Associate Pastor. After moving to Lake Oswego, he attended Sherwood Friends Church where he taught Sunday School and provided lay leadership. He served as volunteer treasurer of Oregon Yearly Meeting of Friends Churches (later Northwest Yearly Meeting) and on various boards and committees.
Roger was a lifetime supporter of Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference in Rockaway Beach, OR. He participated in Boys' Camp for 35 years, including 25 years as Director. He served on the TRFC Board of Directors for 65 years, 20 of those years as Chairman. Under his leadership and through his direct efforts, the camp grew in size from 2.5 acres to 122 acres.
Roger also served on the George Fox University Board for over 40 years, first as Trustee and member of the Investments Committee, then as President, then President Emeritus.
Minthorne is remembered by many as a story-teller with a great sense of humor. He had a joke or pun for every occasion, and he loved to tell them and laugh and laugh. He knew how to use humor to lighten a situation or direct a conversation. He was a great conversationalist and a prolific letter-writer. He was a generous man. When he started his business, he told the Lord, "I will split my profits with You, 50-50;" and, in his later years, he was happy to report that he had done so. He donated to organizations and people, providing funds for land, buildings, vehicles, scholarships, travel, and musical instruments, among many other things. He was also generous with his time, mentoring others in business and leadership, and providing advice and counsel.
Roger Minthorne is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mildred Haworth Minthorne (Newberg, OR); his sister, Alice Wetherill (West Chester, PA); his children, Dwight Minthorne (Hillsboro, OR), Louise Sargent (Ravensdale, WA), Nancy Laughland (Lake Oswego, OR), and Linda Forney Snyder (Prineville, OR). He has 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2019 at Countryside Community Church (18810 Kruger Rd, Sherwood, OR) at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Twin Rocks Friends Camp Roger Minthorne Memorial Fund (P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136).