Daniel Bradford Voorhies, 72 years young, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2011, after a brief but brave
battle with cancer.
Dan was born December 12, 1938, in San Francisco, Calif., but grew up in Portland, Ore., before moving to the Rogue Valley in the 1960s to run Eden Valley Orchard and start his family. In addition, he spent time living in Northern California before finally returning to live in Ashland, Ore., in 2003. He was a lifelong learner and voracious reader who graduated from Oregon State (bachelor's degree) and Cornell (master's degree) with majors in horticulture, which supported his passion for becoming an orchardist.
Dan also developed a lifelong passion for the game of Bridge (Contract and Duplicate). He amassed nearly 10,000 Life Master Points playing in tournaments while enjoying the constant challenge the game presented. He also gave back to the Bridge community through teaching and mentoring. He developed countless close friendships through the game as evidenced by the incredible outpouring of support during his time in the hospital the last weeks of his life. For this heartfelt show of love, his family is forever indebted to his great friends.
Dan was kind, gentle, and had a tremendously generous heart, always giving of his time to any friend in need. He had great loves in his lifetime, including former wives Kathy Voorhies and Susan Cole. Dan was well-known for his quick and irreverent wit. Laughter regularly flowed from his hospital room, prompted by fitting remarks from Dan such as "a big picture guy like me can't afford to get distracted by little [stuff]." He was an original and will be missed by so many.
Dan enjoyed music, from opera to folk to reggae to rock. He especially loved Bob Dylan's writing, and the following
Dylan verse reflects Dan's outlook.
What good am I if I know and don't do
If I see and don't say, if I look right through you
If I turn a deaf ear to the thunderin' sky
What good am I?
Dan is survived by his two proud and loving sons and their families, Nat Voorhies (daughter-in-law, Rebekah, and grandsons, Eli and Henry) and John Voorhies (daughter-in-law, Julie, and grandsons, Brandon and Connor). He also leaves behind a sister, Margot Voorhies Thompson; three brothers, Sloan Voorhies, Tony Voorhies, and Peter Voorhies; and their families. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Voorhies; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howard Voorhies.
Dan's sons would like to offer their thanks and appreciation to his great friends as well as the doctors and nurses at Rogue Valley Medical Center for the personal care and compassion shown to their father. A celebration of Dan's life will be
arranged at a later date.