Nephew of Jesse Miller
Burch, L. Dean 80 Aug. 22, 1932 Aug. 08, 2013 L. Dean
Burch of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Aug. 8, 2013.
Born in the midst of the Dust Bowl in Beaver County,
Okla., to Francis and Lela Burch. As a small boy, his
parents moved him and his brother, Leroy (deceased), and
sister, Lorene (deceased), to Oregon. His early years
were spent in Sherwood, before finally moving to
Portland. Dean was a very active athlete and excelled at
Jefferson High School in football, golf and track. Golf
would remain a lifelong passion with him, earning him
seven holes-in-one and several "eagles". He was a
previous member of Royal Oaks Country Club, Orchard
Hills Country Club in Washington and presently, El Cid
in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Drafted during the Korean War, he served in the U.S.
Coast Guard in the Pacific. After being honorably
discharged, he attended and graduated from the
University of Oregon and remained a constant "Duck" fan
all his life. His career started as a lumber trader,
working with Japanese and Oregon firms, which enabled
him to travel the world. His proudest achievement,
though, was starting and operating the Sextant Bar &
Galley on the Columbia River, forty years ago. The
Sextant has become a local landmark, where members of
his old football team and other high school mates meet
for get-togethers every month. His sense of adventure
led him to all the continents. As a young adult, Dean
sailed in the Trans-Pacific yacht race from San
Francisco to Hawaii. In later years, he traveled and
lived winters in Mexico, a country he truly loved.
Dean's candid observations and sly humor will be greatly
missed by his wife of 33 years, Mary. He leaves behind
sons, Don Burch (Candace)and Mike Burch (Christy);
daughter, Karen Englund (Jon); as well as stepdaughters,
Helene Guinette and Elizabeth Guinette; five
grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren; also a
multitude of friends. A Celebration of Life is planned
for Aug. 25, from 1-6 p.m., at his residence. Interment
at Willamette National and Pleasant View Cemetery.