In Memory: Farewell to Two Remarkable Friends of Oregon

By Jason Miner, Executive Director
April 2013

Two great friends of land use planning were lost to Oregon this year. 1000 Friends will miss Henry Milton “Milt” Reeves and Peter McDonald. 

Milt Reeves passed away in February at age 85. Milt lived with his wife of 60 years, Merilyn, in Amity, where they moved in 1983. Though officially “retired,” he served as the president of Friends of Yamhill County and on its board. Upon his passing, the News-Register, a newspaper whose editorial opinions he often opposed in frequent letters to the editor, lauded his civility, integrity, and sense of humor. Among the many issues to which he lent his considerable skill, he advocated for the repeal of Measure 37, noting that “it results in unforeseen ills that even the promoters of the legislation never envisioned. Measure 37 is not only a mess but also a fraud.” Through words like these, Milt helped convince his neighbors and leaders that Oregon deserves better, that a long-term vision is crucial to the state’s future.


Peter McDonald served on the first Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Oregon and helped establish the 1000 Friends of Oregon Foundation to raise and manage our endowment. Peter farmed hazelnuts and timber at his family’s farm near Wilsonville, and was a devoted believer in the power and purpose of planning. In addition to financial support for a number of organizations, he gave countless hours to service on planning commissions, regional committees, and more. Peter was honored with the McCall Award at our Gala on March 1st, a night that many in the room will remember for his unflagging acuity and humor in accepting the award. Peter passed away in late March.



We cannot forget that land use planning is about place, but it depends on people: farmers, neighbors, business owners, planners, letter-writers, volunteers. Milt and Peter were two exceptionally gifted people who gave exceptional amounts of time and energy to the cause of Oregon’s future. The state is better for their efforts, but it is up to us to continue the fight.

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