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July 15, 1944 ~ March 15, 2013
Kathie Durbin (Amy Kathleen Durbin), daughter of August L. "Buss" Barton and Fern L. Monteith Barton, died March 15, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. Kathie was born in Eugene and lived in Oregon for most her life. She graduated from South Eugene High School in 1962 and married James C. Durbin that year.
Kathie attended Lane Community College and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1975. She was an award-winning environmental journalist who worked at the Eugene Register-Guard, Willamette Week, the Oregonian and the Columbian of Vancouver.
In the course of her career, Kathie wrote three books: Tree Huggers, Tongass, and the forthcoming The Columbia River Gorge: Bridging a Great Divide. A poet and an avid traveller, Kathie loved the Pacific Northwest.
Kathie is survived by her daughters, Audrey, Brenda and Stefanie; brother, Dennis Barton of Stanwood, WA; sister, Elyse Myers of Eugene, OR; two nephews; and two nieces.
Special thanks to Elizabeth Feryl for Kathie's photograph.
A memorial service will be held March 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Holman's Funeral Home, 2610 SE Hawthorne St., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Environment Oregon, www.environmentoregon.org.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 19, 2013