Donald Harvey Landes

2012-04-21T07:00:00Z Donald Harvey Landes Coos Bay World
April 21, 2012 7:00 am

Aug. 13, 1945 to April 17, 2012

A memorial service for Donald Harvey Landes, 66, of North Bend will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2741 Sherman Ave., North Bend, with pastor Susan Kyllo officiating. A viewing for the immediate family and close friends will be held at the Coos Bay Chapel from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 685 Anderson Ave. Private internment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay.

Don was born an identical twin to Alfred and Theresa (Velde) Landes Aug. 13, 1945, in Coos Bay. He died April 17, 2012, in North Bend after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Don was raised in Coos Bay and graduated in 1963 from Marshfield Senior High School. From 1963 through 1967, he attended the University of Oregon, majoring in political science and graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He started legal training at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 1967 to 1968, followed by service in the U.S. Army as a linguist in the Army Security Agency from 1968 to 1972. His service included a tour in Vietnam from 1970 until 1971. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

Don met his wife Nancy A. (Edwards) Landes in 1983 and they married in 1987. They had no children. Nancy predeceased Don in 2007.

Don was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1974 and was in private practice in Coos County for 38 years. He initially practiced criminal defense work, followed by bankruptcy work, and, after that, real estate and foreclosures, together with wills, trusts, and probated estates. He was a sole practitioner throughout his career, except from 1978 to 1987, when he held a partnership with the late William A. Hedges.

While in law school, Don became a big fan of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and traveled with his cousin, Dr. Tryg Velde, three times (1978, 1981 and 1983) to follow the CSO on its European tours. His love of music expanded during his service as president of the Oregon Coast Music Association from 1983 to 1988. Don was known for his love of classical music, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Waldstein Piano Sonata. His favorite Dixieland song was 'Mahogany Hall Stomp."

Don had a unique style of landscaping for his home and office. Most recently he designed the landscaping for the trees shaped like the three crosses of Calvary and the bright pink azaleas bushes that spell out the word, 'faith," in front of the Faith Lutheran Church on Sherman Avenue in North Bend.

He loved golf and was especially known for taking 'mulligans" to the consternation of his playing partners. He felt the rules of golf merely aspirational but not mandatory.

One of the achievements he was most proud of was how he took care of other family members in their time of need. This was especially true for his late wife, Nancy, whom he took care of for six and a half years.

He was known for his wit, wry humor and memorable practical jokes. His humor and satire were evident in his articles about music and politics. His two favorite essays were 'A Modest Theft Reported" about the Supreme Court Decision in Bush v. Gore in 2000 and his review of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its opening concert of its 83rd season in 1973. Copies of these items will be available at the memorial service.

Don enjoyed travel. His most recent trip in 2010 was to Italy, where he officiated at the wedding of his niece, Megan Landes, and Toby Whitfield in Tuscany. Then he went to Florence and climbed to the top of Brunelleschi's duomo. The photograph used for this obituary was taken from the top of the cathedral, outside just under the cupola to which he climbed.

Don is survived by his identical twin brother, Dr. Ronald G. Landes and wife, Peggy, both of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and their two children, Dr. Megan Landes and her husband, Toby Whitfield, of Toronto and Dr. Donald A. Landes and partner, Kathleen Hulley of Montreal; older brother, Dr. Samuel Martin Landes and wife, Nancy Landes of Los Angeles; younger brother, Thomas A. Landes of New York City; and his sister-in-law, Cheryl Landes of Seattle.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel. 541-267-3131.

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