David Peter Purrier
David Peter "Pete" Purrier
David Peter Purrier, affectionately known as "Pete" was born on April 25, 1931. Pete grew up on the family farm where his father, Harry Reuben Purrier, and mother, Adel Butterfield Purrier, had purchased property in 1928. He was the youngest of five siblings. On Saturday morning, July 18, 2009, Pete went home to be with his Lord from this childhood home on Evans Creek in Wimer, Ore. He had lived 78 years in the Rogue Valley. Pete grew up learning to work hard on the farm and acquiring a love for the woods and the country, and for hunting and fishing.
Pete attended Evans Valley Elementary School with many friends and family. In 1946, while still in grade school, he helped his basketball team win the County Championship against the much larger Central Point School. At Rogue River High School, he was a four-year letterman in three sports. Pete and the basketball team were undefeated for four straight years culminating in the 1950 State Championship. He went on to Oregon State University under a football scholarship where he studied forestry until his induction into the United States Marine Corps in 1951. Pete served during the Korean War until 1953. He was very proud of his country and a true patriot.
After Pete's discharge he came back home to marry his childhood friend, Joyce Anne Boulter. They were married on Sept. 5, 1959 at the Presbyterian Church in Rogue River, Ore. Pete and Joyce started their family at their home on Evans Creek in 1961 with twin boys, Scott David and Thomas Peter, born on Pete's 30th birthday and with Kelly Anne born in 1964. He supported his family by working as a logger and laborer in the sawmills. With his love for the woods and his college education he was employed as a log scaler and then as a check scaler and retired after 26 years with the US Forest Service.
Pete especially loved the outdoors, farming and having a large garden. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He felt close to the people and history of the area and knew all the back roads and hill country well. These were some of his favorite places to be. He has many wonderful friends in Southern Oregon and especially loved his home in Wimer. He assumed a role as Cub Scout Leader and was a former member of the Wimer Lions Club. Pete took an active part in The Citizens for Rebuilding the Wimer Covered Bridge. Toward the last years of his life he became a full time member, along with his family, of Evans Valley Bible Church. Pete was strong in his faith and God allowed him to have very good health up to the time of his departure. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Thomas and Scott; daughter-in-law, Denise; three grandchildren, Levi, Josiah, and Jerushah, of Wimer; daughter, Kelly Anne Roberts and husband, Dan, of Gold Hill; sister, Barbara Raber, of Eagle Point; and a sister-in-law, Gwen Boulter, of Gold Hill. He has many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by sister, Betty Hillis; and two brothers, Jim and Bill Purrier.
A small private graveside service with full military honors will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery for the family with Pastor Scott Purrier officiating. Pallbearers at Eagle Point include Scott Purrier, Thomas Purrier, Dan Roberts, Richard Weide, Todd Liles and Kurt Weide. There will be a memorial service held for honoring and remembering Pete Purrier at Evans Valley Bible Church, 7924 East Evans Creek Road in Wimer on Saturday, August 1st at 2:00 p.m., reception to follow.