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Roger Dean Reason, 72, of Redmond/Burns died Thursday, July 4, at the Blue Mt. Nursing Home in Prairie City. Roger died of brain cancer.
Roger was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Spencer, Iowa, to Glenn and Myrtle Reason. His parents had a small grocery store in Spencer, and Roger worked there after school stocking the shelves. His parents and brother, Ken, moved to Burns in 1950 to find work. His father worked at Edward Hines Lumber Company.
Roger attended elementary and high school in Burns. He graduated in 1959 and was student body president. He attended the University of Oregon for two years.
He married the love of his life, Sharon Everhart, on April 22, 1989, at the Burns Christian Church. Between them they have six children. He loved his children and grandchildren.
He worked at the lumber mills in Burns, and drove 18-wheeler trucks across the county, 48 states and Canada. He was the owner/manager of Harney County Title Company for 10 years. Upon the sale of the business, he retired in 2003.
Roger loved to go hunting and fishing, he liked driving in the woods, reloading bullets, traveling and reading, especially Westerns. He loved to watch his favorite football teams, the 49ers and the Ducks.
Roger was a member of the Redmond Christian Church and participated in a complete reading of the Bible for 72 hours non-stop. His favorite book in the Bible was Romans. He was on the board of directors for the Boise Christian College, a very special honor for him to serve, and a peaceful time in his life. Roger was member of the Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines, he served as president and as Lt. Governor of Kiwanis International. Roger was the mayor of Burns for five years and worked very hard for the city of Burns.
Roger is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Redmond; his brother, Ken Reason and wife, Lisa, of Lakewood, Calif.; children, Todd Reason and wife, Erin, of Hermiston, Dawn Root and husband, Larry, of Doris, Calif., Mark Kay and wife, Kimberly, of Williamina, Matthew Reason of Ontario, Bradley Reason and wife, Andrea, of Burns, and Kimberly McCanna and husband, David, of Burns; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were celebrated on July 6 at Washington Park in Burns.
Arrangements under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Ore. 97845