Jack Gourley

Sept. 11, 1950 - May 18, 2023


May 24, 2023

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Jack Gourley

Jack Larry Gourley, 72, longtime resident of Foster, died May 18, 2023, in Albany.

He was born Sept. 11, 1950, in Lebanon to Jack Elwin and Betty Beatrice (Taylor) Gourley.

He grew up in the Gourley family home, which his father had built on Hwy. 20 east of Foster Lake.

After graduating from Sweet Home High School, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1968-69 and again in 1971-72.

Mr. Gourley married Patricia Jean Porter in 1972. They built their own home on three acres of property near his childhood home and lived there for over 40 years.

A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Gourley earned his Duty to God Award and Eagle Scout Award at a young age. He served for two-years in the Eastern States mission, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. He served as bishop in the Sweet Home Ward from 2004 to 2010.

Mr. Gourley received an associate's degree from Linn-Benton Community College as well as his Oregon Electrical Supervisors License, and Washington Electrical Administrator's License. As owners of Pacific Crest Electrical Contractors, the Gourleys took pride in providing all electrical services for the Oregon Jamboree for 16 years. 

Mr. Gourley's hobbies included skiing, hunting, fishing, gunsmithing, target and clay shooting, leatherwork, reading, restoring classic cars, and playing the guitar.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Gourley of Millersburg; mother Betty Gourley of Foster; daughters Julie Fisher of Brownsville, Katie McLain of Sweet Home, and Donna Rounsavell of Albany; sons Jack Gourley and Tom Gourley both of Kennewick, Wash .; sister Jeanette Graves of Foster; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Cheryl Gourley (1957); father Jack Gourley (2011), and brothers John Gourley (2014), and Robert Gourley (2018).

Viewing and services were held May 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweet Home. Final burial was at Gilliland Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


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