August 17, 1950-June 12, 2013
Doran was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. August 17, 1950. He was the adopted son of Mrs. Ossie Washington-Crawley and her husband, Roosevelt Crawley, also of Pittsburgh, who gave him a loving home. Doran attended a private boy's school where he participated in sports and the school band.
After attending college, he joined the Navy and served in Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he stayed in San Francisco and graduated from a culinary school. He worked for a caterer in both San Francisco and Maui for a number of years. Upon discovering the great Pacific Northwest, he moved to Eugene, Ore. where he worked in construction and as a cook. He moved to Medford, Ore. when McGrath's Restaurant opened.
Upon retiring in 2004, he dedicated his time to his home and his flower gardens and was a joyful caller to the "Rogue Gardener" radio program. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, and a good book.
Doran was a friendly, fun-loving free spirit and a master of "one-liners." He valued his friendships more than anything else.
He is survived by a beloved aunt and uncle, Mildred and John Lee of Arlington, Va. who called him "Champ," and his domestic partner, Dennis N. Wise of Medford.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and older half-sister, Selma Harris, all of Pittsburgh.
A military service will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at Mr. Smith's from 5:00-7:00 p.m. following the service. He was a big "Duck" fan, so wearing University of Oregon items would be appropriate for both the service and the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated.
Doran, you will be missed and forever loved.