Gordon Barker

Gordon Barker

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Gordon Barker

Rest In Peace...
1946 - 2015

Published in The Oregonian from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2015

tbd Gordon David Barker 69, April 08, 1946 Aug. 01, 2015

Gordon Barker, 69, of Bend, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Willamette Ward Building), 1395 Rosemont Road, West Linn. A private interment will take place in Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend. Gordon was born April 8, 1946, in Lewiston, Idaho, to David and Edna Barker. After high school, he attended Washington State University, graduating in pharmacy. He began his professional career as a pharmacist, going on to become CEO of Thrifty Payless Drug, Snyder Drugs and QVL Pharmacy. He also served on many boards of directors. He married Barbara L. Steiner April 3, 1969, in the Salt Lake Temple. Gordon was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missions include a mission in France and the Dominican Republic. As part of his charitable efforts, he served as chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is survived by his wife; children, Tracie Ogzewalla, Shane Barker, Ashlie Johnson, Brian Barker, Derrick Barker and Courtnie Eastman; 12 grandchildren; and sisters, Renae Johnson, Mary Layne and Rebecca Lawrence. Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve Mr. Barker's family.

Spouse: Barbara Lee


Tracie Jo (1972)
Shane David (1973)
Ashlie Marie (1975)
Derrick (1979)
Brian Calvin (1980)
Courtnie (1986)

Grand-Kids: 9

2014 Reunion News:

In the last 50 years since high school, I have worked for and worked as the following:

Lived in France as a missionary for 2.5 years, attended and graduated from Washington State University, went to work for Payless Drug Stores stayed 33 years and ended my career there as CEO/Chairman. Then bought into a drug chain in the midwest served as CEO/Chairman. After leaving here bought a drug chain in the Southwest and served as CEO/Chairman. Sold that company and began serving on Boards of Directors. I have served on the Board of Directors of Sports Authority, NuMedics, GeNosys Inc., Goulter Medical. Most recently retired from serving as Chairman of United Natural Foods (UNFI a Nasdaq listed public company). I still serve on the Board of Directors of American Consulting and Technology Research Inc. I started and Chair Barker Enterprises, an investment company.

Not with standing the fact that I still work (to some extent) my wife, of 45 years, and I are serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in the Dominican Republic. When we are finished with that we will move from Portland, Oregon (where we have lived for several years) to Bend, Oregon where we have had a second home for 25 plus years.

Update Aug 15, 2009

Currently serving on the Board of Directors of two public companies, United Natural Foods, and The Sports Authority, and 4 private companies. I am also the principal of Barker Enterprises, LLC . Other than that I am retired from regular employment.

Still doing a lot of charity work with the LDS Church and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International (past Chair of that organization).

Doing all the traveling that time will allow and very much enjoy doing that.

2004 Reunion News:

Past highlights: Moving to Minnesota from Oregon, birth of 4 grandchildren, serving as chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Future Plans: Continue in charity work, working in the LDS Church, perhaps retiring for the third time.

30 Year Reunion 1994

Spouse's Name: Barbara
Current residence: Portland OR
Occupation: Executive VP Payless Drug/Thrifty Drug
Spouse's Occupation: Real Estate
Family: Tracie 22; Shane 21; Ashlie 19; Brian 17; Derrick 14; Courtnie 7.
Number of grandchildren: 0
Places lived in the last 10 years: Seattle and Portland
Hobbies and other interests: Family, church, golf and snow skiing.
Plans or goals for the next 10 years: Family, church, golf and snow skiing.
Major highlights of the last 10 years: Raising six children, celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary, being appointed executive VP of Payless Drug Stores/Thrifty Drug Stores, not loosing any more hair.

20 Year Reunion 1984

Spouse's Name: Barbara Lee
Current residence: Federal Way WA
Occupation: Regional Manager, Payless Drugs Northwest
Spouse's Occupation: Mother
Family: Tracie Jo 12; Shane David 11; Ashlie Marie 9; Brian Calvin 7; Derrick Gordon 11.
Lived in France for 2 years as a Missionary for the LDS Church. Graduated from WSU wit a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Moved to the Seattle area and managed Payless Stores in the area, then promoted to Regional Manager over 28 stores. Also serving as Bishop and Stake Presidency in the LDS in the Seattle Area. My hobby and main interest is my wife and family.

10 Year Reunion 1974

Spouse's Name: Barbara Lee (Steiner)
Current residence: Lewiston ID
Occupation: Pharmacist
Spouse's Occupation: Housewife
Family: Tracie Jo 2; Shane David 1.
1964-65 attended Brigham Young University, 1965-68 went to France as a Missionary for the Mormon Church. 1968 one semester at UofI. 1969 married Barbara Lee Steiner. 1969-72 attended and graduated WSU School of Pharmacy. Since then have been employed at Payless Drug as Intern Pharmacist then Pharmacist. Expecting our third Child in August of 1974.

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