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Bradley Fancher

Bradley Demro Fancher U.S. Veteran

Vancouver, Wa.

April 27, 1920 - February 26, 2015

Bradley Demro Fancher passed away on February 26, 2015. He was born on April 27, 1920 to Harlan and Leila Fancher. After graduating from The Dalles High School, Brad attended and graduated from the University of Oregon, where he was president and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He served for four years during World War II in the US Navy as LTJG and gunnery officer aboard the USS Loy, a destroyer escort. Following numerous trips across the Pacific with troop convoys, he was assigned to be a Naval Gunfire Liaison officer in Hawaii. After the war, Brad returned home to complete his law degree at the University of Oregon, and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1948.
Brad married Dagmar Frances Shanks of Portland, Oregon, in September of 1948. He moved his young family to Heppner, Oregon where he served as District Attorney for Morrow County. Following two terms as DA, he moved to Bend, Oregon and purchased the regional Pepsi Cola Bottling Company. In 1956 he joined the law firm DeArmond, Goodrich, Foley and Gray, and remained with the firm as a senior partner until 1990, when he retired and moved to Vancouver, Washington.
Brad loved golf, birding, hunting, history, chocolate, the Oregon Ducks and a good vodka gimlet. He did not love rocks in the ground when digging postholes, eggplant, celebrity names in crossword puzzles, or vehicle maintenance. He was a wonderful husband and an adored father, known for his fairness, sense of humor and appreciation of life.
Brad is survived by his wife, Dagmar, his children Jody Richter (Bob), Janet Beer (Don), Brad Fancher (Nancy Molahan), and Marilyn Fancher, and four granddaughters. He is also survived by his sister Jocelyn Gay, four nephews and four nieces.
Services for Mr. Fancher were held privately by the family. The family suggests remembrances be made to the Friends of Malheur County Wildlife Refuge, Condolences may be offered online at


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