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Darren Goree



Darren Lane Goree, 52, passed away in The Dalles, Oregon on March 7, 2013.

He was born in Goldendale, Washington to Phyllis (Seely) and Norman Goree on July 13, 1960.

Darren attended school in Roosevelt, Bickleton, and Goldendale. During his teen years, he was active in rodeo as a bull rider and at the 1978 High School Nationals in Huron, S.D. he was placed 20th in the nation. Mr. Goree was a member of Operating Engineers Local 701 since 1980 and also a member of Son’s of American Legion Post #116. On March 31, 2011 Darren married Laura Samsel, his companion since 2001. He loved skydiving and logged over 30 jumps. Texas Hold ‘em tournaments and viewing the History Channel were also among his favorite activities. Darren’s larger than life personality and very quick wit will be sorely missed by many.

Mr. Goree is survived by his wife, Laura, of Goldendale; stepchildren Braden Coe of Bethesda, Maryland and Hayley Coe of Stevenson, Washington; father Norman Goree of Goldendale; nephew Jeremy Cronenwitt of Kennewick, Washington, Joshua Taylor of Colorado Springs, CO and “brother from another mother” Carles Vickery. He was preceded in death by his mother Phyllis Goree in 1993, sister Debbie Taylor in 2004 and niece Cheyenne Taylor in 2011.

A celebration of Darren’s life will be held on April 13, 2013 at the American Legion at 4 p.m. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled cremation arrangements. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Darren Goree Memorial Fund at Columbia Bank.


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