Daran Keene Dauble

Date of birth: May 29 1946

Date of death: March 27 2012

Daran Dauble of Portland, quietly passed away at his home, with family by his side, on Tuesday evening, March 27, 2012.  For over three decades, Daran was well-know as Director of Golf Instruction at Glendoveer Golf Course. He had been living bravely with a rare and aggressive form of adenoidal cystic carcinoma for the last two years.

Born in Walla Walla, Washington on May 29, 1946 to Ken and Priscilla Dauble, Daran joined older brother ‘Dusty’ in the family’s move to Weston, Oregon. He graduated from WHS in the class of 1964 and Willamette University in 1968 with a BA in History.

In the early 70s Daran became interested in golf as a career. He finished coursework and tournament requirements, qualifying for membership in the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA of America ) by 1975.  Daran started at the Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland in 1978 as Director of Instruction.  He was a member of the Portland Eastside Professional Association and founded Golf Doctors, Inc. a company specializing in vacation golf schools and corporate outings.  With golf as a focus, Daran travelled the world playing courses across the country, in Canada and Hawaii, Europe, Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand. He particularly enjoyed working with youth and established the Glendoveer Junior Program in 1980. He was also involved with Special Olympics for 21 years. As a golf instructor, Daran was well respected with many loyal students who appreciated his patience, humor, and insights into the game. His philosophy of education can be summarized in the following quote:

“Teaching well is not only about knowing how, it’s about providing the right information in the right     amount at the right time. “

Daran is survived by the daughter of his heart, Colleen Keith, mother Priscilla (Winget) Dauble; siblings Kenneth Dustan,  Darcy, Dennis and Dawn Dauble and their partners: Donna Cooper, Jack Lenihan, Nancy Dauble, Brayden  Criswell, as well as fond cousins, nephews and nieces, their partners and children. To all Daran was the giver of gifts, poker lessons, golf advice, Blazer commentary and big hugs.

He is preceded in death by his beloved father Kenneth William Dauble.

Daran’s life was truly rich in family, friends and experience enhanced by his appreciation of books, movies, travel and a fine repast. Although very goal oriented (Daran bungee jumped from the suspension bridge over the Kawarau River Gorge (NZ) before his 60th birthday), retirement was never a goal. Instead – his priority following chemotherapy was to return to work.  He said “Why would I stop? I get paid to do what most people dream of doing when they can retire!” His golf and business customers and colleagues became lifelong friends. They join Daran’s family in thankfulness for knowing this big guy in heart and spirit.

At Daran’s request, a private gathering is planned by the family for later in the year. Please write a tribute or further honor Daran with a donation to the Special Olympics placed online at www.soor.org or sent to: Special Olympics Oregon, 5901 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97239.

31 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Robin and Deborah Sinclair A gentle man. We loved him, a man of respect always showing respect for others. A person of class and integrity. He will be missed. Go with God my friend.

Candle lit by a good friend,we will miss him. rest in peace 'rex'.

Candle lit by Tannis Bauers Daran was one to put others at ease. WE will miss him in our EPA group, but he will always be there with us.

Candle lit by Bill & Trudy Crough-Phillips To my Roomie, the fearless "Purple Pud". Keep swinging brother, and I'll see you on the other side.

Candle lit by Andrea Marshall Daran was a kind, loving, generous man that will be forever in our hearts and memories. Our loss is Heaven's gain and we will forever be blessed for knowing and loving him. Our friend is now absent from our lives, but will be ever present in our hearts.

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Candle lit by Jim and Colleen Martinez Daran was very caring and loving man. a good person, a gentleman. He treated everyone with respect--and everyone respected him.

Candle lit by Penny Dobson In loving memory of my dearest friend, Daran. I love you Daran.... I shall keep my promise to see you again soon and it shall be in the fullness of gladness, joy and everlasting life. 'Pen'

Candle lit by Rodger and rosemary jarmer We will both miss you. When I play golf Daran will always be with me. His teaching was the best.

Candle lit by Kim Culley Warner I remember Daran as someone who always made me laugh. I will miss him.

Candle lit by Michael & Linda Burnett My dear buddy, I love you and miss you. Linda and I will carry you in our hearts and think of you every time we see a movie you would have enjoyed. If a person has one friend like you in their entire life they should count themselves blessed. Thanks for all the wise counsel and long discussions about innumerable topics that we shared over the years. God must be happy to see you.

Candle lit by Chuck & Jackie Price Daren was the light in the Dark for us! He was a man with the patience of Jobe and he opened up a whole new world for us called GOLF! I am sure he is in heaven doing what he loved doing Playing Golf and possibly giving out tips on how to do it better! He was a ONE of a KIND PERSON, and will be missed by us a lot!

Candle lit by Terry Anderson What a great guy and good friend for many years.

Candle lit by John W Banks Took my first lesson from Darin 40 years ago, and we were friends ever since. I shared my good wine with hime and he with me. Also played in a few Pro-Ams with him. He is missed. God Bless, John

Candle lit by Bill Gibson & Mary Alvey A great person, a wonderful friend, and a mighty fine golf teacher.

Candle lit by Ray Miller I met first Daran in 1985 when he became my golf instructor. He was a good friend and an excellent teacher. I will miss him very much.

Candle lit by Maureen Culley Calkins I've known Daran for over 60 years and enjoyed his personality and sense of humor. The world is a sadder place without him.

Candle lit by Rick & Ellen Knapton Daran was my mentor and inspiration, but most of all I would like to think he was my friend. Ellen and I were introduced to him when our son Andy became involved in the Special Olympics Golf program over 20 years ago. The next thing I knew, he had me coaching right beside him. Daran created this space where every person that came in contact with him knew that he was there just for them. The light that he carries will never go out. It just shines from a different place. You eagled this course my friend.

Candle lit by Marlena Wray I knew Daran to always be kind and a generous person as well as the consummate gentleman. We played many a round of golf and he was always very kind to offer tips here and there as well as a good golfing partner. It's hard to believe that I won't ever see his warm, smiling face again, or receive any more of his emails. I considered him a very good and true friend. Although he is gone, I will always cherish his memory and take comfort in knowing that an angel is watching over him. Peace, prayers and blessings be with him and all who loved him.

Candle lit by Annette Daran has been a great golf instructor and friend over the years. He is missed dearly. At this time of year when the junior Glendoveer golf camps are going, and the EPA golf event, he is especially missed and honored. It has been a blessing to know him. Annette,Tim and Nate

Candle lit by MG Davis D and I worked together, along with a great group, at Progress Downs 35 years ago. We kept in touch over the years with the occasional dinner, round of golf, and of course his wonderful Christmas cards. He signed 'Be Yuleful' one year and that was so like him. Only golf pro I ever knew that got into golf because he thought it looked like fun on TV. He was a unique, kind, fun man and I'm sorry our paths won't cross again. He loved his family and my best to them.

Candle lit by NormalCastillo Thanks for coming to our wedding 41years ago. We still laugh at the nickname you gave my wife when she fell off the back of my bike on a dark winter night in the rain at Cannon Beach (remember? you instantly started calling her "Splat" as you helped her get up from the puddle)

Candle lit by NormalCastillo Thanks for coming to our wedding 41years ago. We still laugh at the nickname you gave my wife when she fell off the back of my bike on a dark winter night in the rain at Cannon Beach (remember? you instantly started calling her "Splat" as you helped her get up from the puddle)

Candle lit by Norm Castillo Thanks for coming to our wedding 41years ago. And for the honeymoon sweet at the Travel Lodge. What did you ever do with your Captain America boots you wore that day? We still laugh at the nickname you gave my wife when she fell off the back of my bike on a dark winter night in the rain at Cannon Beach (remember? you instantly started calling her "Splat" as you helped her get up from the puddle)

Candle lit by I'm sorry that I haven't seen you in thirty six years or more. You were my godfather. One of my first memories was of you playing guitar. Wearing those spiffy plaid 70's pants. We had a good time. Thank you for the memories. They are a gift. Your Godson. Devin Schmitt

Candle lit by Donna Monroe Havener My dear friend Daran aka Rex, you were an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of your company. You faced every challenge with strength and courage. Knowing you, you are fixing God's grip and stance. I hope we meet again dear friend, you are loved and missed.

Candle lit by David Roadman I knew Daren briefly in the 1960's when Dusty and I were good friends at OSU. So sorry to hear about his untimely passing. Life seems so short! Dusty, if you see this, give me a shout. Would love to reconnect. Dave Roadman

Candle lit by Sean Reilly To My life long friend and golf mentor you are always in my heart . To my second Father you will always be missed and truly loved . Thanks for always taking the time to listen to me and fixing them . Forever your friend .

Candle lit by Daran was a kind and patient instructor who was far more talented than this student. A very logical mind.

Candle lit by “Cate”. You changed my life for the absolute better. We were too young to make it past our insecurities, but in our time together you pressed me to get an education and I pressed you to “go pro”. I so regret we lost touch; so regret I did not know you were ill. Everyone needs integrity and humor in their friends and you shared both in spades. Love always, Cate.