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Donald Reed Mayne

At the age of 96, Don passed away peacefully in his sleep. Born in 1923, and raised in Portland, Oregon, Don was the only child of Ada Jeanette Reed and Harry McDonald Mayne.

He is survived by his three children: Donald Reed Mayne, Jr. (Noelle) of Boulder, Colorado; Joel Sage Mayne (Gloria) of San Diego, California; and Bryn Mayne Redman of Charleston, South Carolina; and his five grandchildren: Gloria and Alessandra Mayne; Sage and Reed Redman; and Pierce


Don’s college years at the University of Oregon were interrupted by World War II, where he served in the 104th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Europe. Don was severely injured in the weeks following D-Day. After a lengthy recuperation, he returned to the University of Oregon where he met Marilyn Sage. They married on Christmas Eve in 1947, and soon moved to San Francisco to begin their careers.

In the early 1950s they returned to Portland to start a family. Their two sons were born shortly after. In 1956, the family relocated to La Jolla, California, where daughter Bryn was born. For the next three decades the Maynes enjoyed the Southern California


Professionally, Don had a long career in wealth management, initially as an advisor with Dean Witter & Company. He then rose to partner and national sales manager with Eastman Dillon Union Securities & Company. At 72, he finished his working years at the firm that is now UBS.

In 1980, Don moved to Sisters, and spent over 20 happy years in Central Oregon’s High Desert in the company of cousin and lifelong best friend, William Reed and his extended family. He remarried twice — first to Ursula Marden, then to Lei Durdan. He also had two yellow labs. The last one, Scotch, was rarely out of reach, and remained his companion for many, many years.

Beyond being a devoted father, Don’s true passion and avocation was ranching — owning or leasing properties and acreage throughout the western U.S., breeding Polled Hereford cattle and raising many horses.

Don was returned to Oregon to his final resting place next to his beloved mother and Norwegian grandparents in the Reed family plot on the tree-lined banks of the Willamette River. A man of great character and kindness, Donald Reed Mayne lived a rich full life and will be missed by many.


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