Gordon Tyler Everett
A Celebration of Life will be held for Gordon Tyler Everett August 29th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Park Amphitheatre in Medford, Ore. Friends and family are encouraged to share stories and memories and enjoy a final sunset in Gordons memory. Casual attire encouraged.
Gordon Tyler Everett, was born Jan. 17, 1953, in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Jack Edward and Bonnie Lee Everett. He died Aug. 16, 2009, at his home in Central Point, after a brave and admirable battle with lung cancer. In addition to his family and parents, he is also survived by his two sisters, Janet and Georgia Everett, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
After being diagnosed with polio at nine months old, Gordon overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and developed a positive, courageous and fighting spirit that would become a common theme throughout his life. Gordon didn't see limitations, only possibilities. Challenges were merely something to be overcome and he inspired others to do the same.
In high school, Gordon excelled as one of Southern California's top gymnastic athletes and went on to compete at the collegiate level, earning all-conference honors at San Jose State College three times. His prowess on the pommel horse, parallel bars and rings led his squad to a second-place finish in Southern California. Gordon loved the outdoors and treasured the trips and adventures he shared with family and friends over the years. He had a passion for cycling and downhill skiing. Gardening was a favorite pastime that he enjoyed and passionately shared with his stepdaughter,
After earning a Bachelor's degree in nursing from San Jose State University, Gordon began a successful career. Well known for his humor, compassion and skill, he was admired and appreciated by his patients and his colleagues alike. He became the Emergency Room Manager while living in San Jose, Calif. In 2000, Gordon relocated to Southern Oregon to be closer to his parents and accepted a position at Providence Medford Medical Center as the Emergency Department Director.
Gordon's dream of having a family was fulfilled when he and Tonya Lynn Woodruff were married on March 23, 2002. He became Tonya's best friend and the love of her life as well as a devoted and loving stepfather to Tonyas children, Alexis Dawn and Karli Amber. The family grew when daughter, Piper Simone was born in 2004 and in June they celebrated the adoption of a son, Lucas Tyler.
In 2005, Gordon accepted a position at Bay Area Hospital and the Everett-Woodruff family moved to North Bend, Ore., shortly after. Gordon continued his commitment to outstanding medical care as the Emergency Room Manager and in 2008 became the Director of Critical Care Services. Gordon truly felt that his coworkers at Bay Area Hospital were an extended family.
Friends, family and colleagues rallied around Gordon when he was diagnosed with cancer in February 2009, offering priceless love and support. He was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2009 Coos Bay-North Bend RelayForLife and proudly donned his cancer sucks tie-dye shirt during the festivities. He was committed to increasing public awareness of the lethal hazards that accompany smoking and chose to openly share his story in the hopes that it might spare others the pain and suffering of lung cancer.
Gordon's life made a positive and lasting impact on his family and friends, but never as much as during his last months. Regardless of the many challenges that cancer presented, Gordon's warm, courageous and loving spirit was irrepressible. Abraham Lincoln once said, "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Gordon made every moment count and left a loving and lasting legacy.