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  • Dr. David P. Engleson

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  • Dr. David P. Engleson, 85, of Medford, Ore. passed away April 21, 2013 at Providence Medford Medical Center.
    Dr. Engleson was born November 24, 1927 in Benson, Minn. to Leo and Lavina Engleson. After one year of college at St. Olaf in Northfield, Minn., Dave joined the U.S. Army, playing trumpet in the jazz band and competing on the golf team. At his exit physical, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was discharged straight into a sanatorium for treatment. During his two years of treatment there, Dave developed a passion for the works of Kierkegaard, Thomas Mann, U.S history, and literature in general.
    On December 29, 1951, he married Jean Ann Torgerson in Benson. Dr. Engleson received his DDS degree with a Masters in Orthodontics at University of Minnesota. In 1958, Dave and Jean moved to Medford, Ore. to set up his orthodontics practice and raise their children. He was a member of the Oregon Dental Association, and for many years was an advisor on OHSU's craniofacial team developing treatment plans for children with cleft palate.
    David was an avid river boater and fisherman, taking many trips with his friends through the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River at the oars of his drift boat. He also loved music and history, but his greatest passion was reserved for golf. He was a member of the Rogue Valley Country Club, and enjoyed competing in their annual Southern Oregon tournament. When he was no longer able to play, he continued to go to golf courses to watch others play and give advice.
    Dr. Engleson is survived by his brother, Leo; sons, Paul, Joel (Vicki), and Leo (Julie); daughter, Jill (Gary); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, and sons, Dean and Ned.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Perl Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, Ore.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Hearts With A Mission (www.heartswithamission.org).
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