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Whipple, Blaine 84 Feb. 22, 1930 Jan. 03, 2015 Blaine died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2015 surrounded by family. Blaine and Pearl Whipple welcomed their son, Blaine, into the world on George Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, 1930, in a log cabin located in Martin, S.D., a town (at that time) within the confines of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and home of the Lakota Sioux. Blaine spent his early years in the Dakotas and Minnesota. He was the second of five children. His sister, Pat, was the eldest, then Blaine, followed by Nancy, Dick and Mary Anne. Blaine also had a half-sister, Elaine, whom he also loved dearly and lived to be 102. His father was a newspaperman, so naturally some of Blaine's first jobs were printer's "devil" and delivering the paper. He also worked as a hired hand on farms in North Dakota and Wisconsin and as a janitor in a Minnesota drug store. Blaine later held jobs in the tourism industry and worked at both Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Blaine served in the U.S. Navy for four years. His assignments included public relations for the Military Sea Transportation Service and editor of the weekly newspaper at Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. Blaine attended the universities of Mississippi and Minnesota for undergraduate work, receiving a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Blaine later received a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon in Journalism and Political Science. He was a longtime Ducks fan and was looking forward to attending the 2015 Rose Bowl with his family. After college, Blaine began work as an advertising manager of the weekly newspaper, Forest Lake Times of Forest Lake, Minn., graduate assistant at UO, advertising executive with Pacific Slope Newspapers of Seattle, executive director of the Democratic Party of Oregon, vice president of Randall Construction of Portland and owner/broker of Blaine Whipple Realty of Portland. Making the world a just and better place for all people was a driving force in Blaine's life. He saw politics as a way to accomplish his goals and immersed himself in Democratic Party elections and politics. He was the campaign manager for Charles O. Porter for Congress Committee, Oregon 4th District, campaign chairman for Howard Morgan for U. S. Senator Committee, executive director for the Democratic Party of Oregon, eight years as member of Oregon Democratic National Committee, delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago, chairman of the 1976 Oregon Delegation to the Democratic National Convention, New York City, Oregon campaign chairman for Eugene McCarthy for President Committee and Oregon campaign chairman for George McGovern for President Committee. Blaine also held many elected offices, including Oregon state senator (chairman of Local Government and Public Employee Retirement committees), Washington County Oregon Intermediate Education District (three years as chairman), Tualatin Valley Water District (three years as chairman) and Tualatin Valley Fire District (two years as treasurer). Blaine served three years as chairman of the Washington County March of Dimes, where he met Ines Steele, who chaired the Mother's March. Blaine and Ines married Aug. 6, 1966, with her children, Judith and Bob, present. Together, Blaine and Ines welcomed son, Blaine "Scott," in 1968. The family lived in Southwest Portland. Ines predeceased Blaine by seven months, just short of their 48th wedding anniversary. As vice president of Randall Construction, Blaine was instrumental in the design, building and operation of Tolovana Inn at Cannon Beach. He helped write the by-laws and policies, served on the board of Tolovana Inn for many years, acting as chair multiple years and affectionately earned the title "Mr. Tolovana." Tolovana Inn is a place for family gatherings and celebrations, not only for the Whipple/Steele family but also for many families who enjoy the Oregon Coast. Blaine loved to travel, most recently traveling in 2014 to New England, England, Scotland, Wales and Japan. He traveled to China and Outer Mongolia in the 1970s, being among the first Westerners to visit those countries. Blaine is survived by his children, Judith Steele, Bob Steele (fianc?e, Ginger Ard) and Scott Whipple (LJ); grandchildren, Sydney, Will, Miles, Breanna, Spencer and Turner; great-grandson, Huck; sister, Mary Anne McPherson (Bill); many nieces and nephews and their kin. The family will hold a celebration of Blaine's life in May of 2015. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be updated with specific information regarding the celebration after it becomes available. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you instead donate to one of Blaine's favorite charities, the Oglala Lakota College. Please visit olc.edu for more information about the college and to make a donation.
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