David Claire Doran, a lifelong resident of the Rogue Valley, passed from this world April 5, 2013 at the age of 81, after a brief struggle with cancer.
David was born at his grandmother’s house in Medford, Ore. July 1, 1931 and raised at the family home on the Hull Orchard in the community of Table Rock. As a young boy he was called “Sonny” by residents of Table Rock, because of his bright and cheerful disposition. He spent his childhood years climbing the Table Rocks, swimming in the Rogue River, and working on the orchard. He attended Table Rock Elementary School and graduated from Central Point High School in 1949.
In 1950 he married his high school sweetheart Louise Vanderpool. He briefly attended Southern Oregon College and eventually graduated from the Modern Barber College in Portland, Ore. On graduating from barber college, David returned to the Rogue Valley and began working at Fry’s Barber shop on North Riverside. He soon opened his own shop “Dave’s Pad” in the Walker building on East Main where he cut hair for more than 50 years. A haircut at Dave’s Pad was more than a haircut. It was an event and a rite of passage for so many of the customers who got their first haircut at Dave’s Barber shop. Many strangers wandered into Dave’s Barber shop, but only friends ever left. When David was not at the barber shop he was on horseback somewhere in the wilds of Southern Oregon. David was a lifetime member of the Jackson County Horseman’s Association, served multiple terms as president, and also served as “Trail Boss” for over 25 years. He loved collecting cowboy stuff, mossy limbs, rocks, and burned stumps to decorate his spread. He also loved collecting trees that he “rescued” from the woods.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Douglas Doran and Ellen Rae Doran; his wife of over 50 years, Mildred Louise Doran; and his oldest sister, Joanne Sharp (Harold). He is survived by two sisters, Marsha Schulz (Dale) and Linda Coulter (Terry). He is also survived by a daughter, Tamara Lynne Chastain (Larry) and a son, David Shane Doran (Diana); four grandchildren, David Bradley Chastain (Tristen), Shaun Brighten Surmanian (Michael), Christopher Shane Doran (Nickie), and David Spenser Doran; and a great-grandchild Michael Alexander Surmanian. While the light of the world is a little dimmer, his memory burns brighter in our hearts. A memorial is planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Perl Funeral Home. Instead of sending flowers, please spend a day with the ones you love, or help a child in our community.