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Leonard Doyle Thornton

Leonard Doyle Thornton, 75, Dec. 28, 1936 April 17, 2012.

Leonard Doyle Thornton, beloved husband of Nancy; father of John Thornton of Tigard and Alice Wright of Portland; grandfather of three, died under the tender care of Kaiser Hospice on April 17. Leonard was born in Oklahoma to Elvis and Irene Thornton. His family came west around 1939 and settled in Canby. He graduated in 1955 from Canby High School, and had fond remembrances of growing up with his friends in the small community. He graduated from Portland State in 1962, where he met Nancy Maddux. They were married in 1963.

His entire career was with the Oregon Department of Human Services. He and Nancy always raised a huge garden. He loved to walk and square dance with the River City Dancers. His death was due to peritoneal mesothelioma. Donations in his memory can be made to Friends of Milwaukie Center.

Published in The Oregonian on April 28, 2012.

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