On Wednesday, The Tigard-Orenomah Lodge No. 207 welcomed home and honored Daniel D. Bush, district deputy of the Seventh Masonic District of Oregon for his two years of service on Wednesday.
Bush is Past Master of the lodge as was his father, D. Arthur Bush, and his son, Joshua Bush. The honorific title of a district deputy is "Right Worshipful" dating back to England.
Bush was born in the "Old" St. Vincent Hospital on Burnside Avenue in Portland in 1970 and is the son of D. Arthur Bush and Corinne Bush.
He grew up in the Beaverton area, attending Beaverton High School and he was active in sports including baseball.
Later, he enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps, serving from 1991-1995, and followed a long family tradition dating back to World War II.
Bush served in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Charlie Company, 1st Platoon where he was attached to the aircraft carrier USS Belleau Woods, which was stationed off the coast of Somalia.
During his tour, he served in Australia, Hong Kong and Okinawa, among other places. Bush reached the rank of Corporal entitling him to wear the red "blood" stripe on his dress blues as a non-commissioned officer.
Years later after his discharge, he petitioned for the degrees of Freemasonry like his father in Tigard-Orenomah Lodge where he has served his faithfully. A loving husband to Tina and the proud father of Joshua, Carson and Colton, Bush has long been involved in the building trade, constructing some of the most luxurious homes in the Portland area and his specialty is fine woodwork.
The Masonic legacy dates back more than 200 years to David Styles who served in the War of 1812 and was a member of a lodge in Tennepin, Minnesota. Bush's father, D. Arthur Bush, served as Grand Master of Oregon (2009-2010) and Bush is part of a more than 300-year history of Freemasonry, an order dedicated to the betterment of man and to assisting those less fortunate. It is a fraternity which draws men from all walks of life.
Tigard-Orenomah Lodge is located on Pacific Highway near Gaarde Street where it has been a fixture in the community since 1948. One of the lodge's most well-known events is its annual Easter Breakfast to which many families look forward to.
This year it will take place on April 1 and it is open to the public for a nominal fee. We hope that you may consider visiting us on this occasion and get better acquainted.
(Thomas Pierce is Master of the Tigard-Orenomah Lodge.)