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Bruce Gilbert Hough

July 30, 1945 - November 16, 2015

Bruce Gilbert Hough, of Jacksonville Ore. passed away at home, November 16, 2015. Bruce lived a rich and rewarding life surrounded by people he loved and who loved him. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Saum) Hough, children Kimberly Woodard (Jeffrey), Heather Merodio (Jorge), Christie Montelongo (Jaime), Neal Governor (Danielle), and Scott Governor (Veronica), and niece, Dr. Catherine Stayer.

In addition to being a loving husband and father, Bruce was an extraordinary grandfather to thirteen beautiful grandchildren who continually amazed and delighted him. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, John Ellis Hough and Ruth Lillian (Gilbert) Hough, and sister, Alwyn (Hough) Stayer.

Bruce was born  July 30, 1945 in Sewickley, Penn.  He spent the majority of his childhood in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, where his great love for the sport of baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates took root. Bruce was an avid musician-drummer, active student, and adventurous traveler. He attended North Hills High School, then went on to attend Valley Forge Military Academy on an academic and music scholarship, followed by The University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. Bruce was the President and C.E.O. of ComNet Marketing, and served as Board President for Mobility Unlimited, a charitable organization committed to promoting the independence of working adults with mobility difficulties.

Bruce will always be remembered as a man who was never more satisfied than when he had a book in his hand and a dog at his feet. Family, friends, pets, music, cooking, baseball, and politics were all paramount in Bruce’s life. He was the consummate host and loved to debate and discuss current events on a local, national and global scale. He laughed easily and could command the attention of others with his entertaining stories and jokes. Bruce had a positive energy and unbounded enthusiasm for life. He loved teaching and mentoring others as well as an insatiable appetite for learning. He was greatly shaped by the Kipling poem,

'If' . But, most important, Bruce Hough loved deeply and touched the lives of many.

In his earlier years, Bruce also loved both S.C.U.B.A. and free diving in the ocean, playing golf, and traveling the world. In later years, he enjoyed woodworking, entertaining, spending time with family and friends, and was active in local politics and charities. Working to provide access to music education for students was a particular passion for Bruce. He was instrumental in the ongoing success and growth of the Southern Oregon Music Festival, an organization dedicated to supporting music education in schools.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to the many people in Bruce’s life who provided him with abundant support and love. A small, private, family memorial took place on Monday, November 23, 2015. We know he touched the lives of many, and hope you will pause to share a story, make a toast in his honor, and continue his charitable works

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bruce’s memory to one of the many organizations he loved and supported, including The Southern Oregon Music Festival, The Salvation Army, Valley Forge Military Academy, and The Hillsdale College Publication


Bruce Gilbert Hough