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Darwin Doss, FAIA

February 26, 1941 - March 14, 2019


Darwin Doss was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Dewey Virgil Doss and Florence Stewart Doss February 26, 1941. He played football while attending the University of Idaho, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Doss married his childhood sweetheart, Beth, in 1961 while they were both students at the University of Idaho; they were the parents of two children.

He started his architectural career in Salem, Oregon at the firm of Payne & Settecase Architects and retired as a partner from this same firm, then established as Architects Four. While in active practice he enjoyed a long relationship with the Salem Keizer School District of more than 35 years and served the Oregon State Capitol building for over 25 years.

The keystone of his architectural practice was his service to the profession and the community. Doss served the American Institute of Architects locally and state-wide in all elective positions of each organization and numerous committee positions. He was the Chairman and first President in the chartering of the Capital Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute in Salem. Her also provided leadership to his profession through his 11 years on the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners, 10 years on the National Architectural Licensing Examination Writers Committee, 5 years on the Examination Grading Committee and 10 years serving on the Intern Development Program both in Oregon and nationally. He was recognized by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards by his appointment to the 5-member committee to work with the People’s Republic of China to develop a National examination similar to that in the United States. He was recognized for his service by the American institute of Architects when he was elevated to The College of Fellows in 1997.

Doss retired from Architects Four in 2000 and maintained a small private practice until 2008. Following retirement he and Beth traveled extensively. Much of their travel was by RV in the western United States. He enjoyed doing contemporary relief wood carvings and maintaining his gardens.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; son Michael Doss (Jane); and grandson, Conall Doss. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelly Sue Doss.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Belcrest Memorial Cemetery followed by a reception at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church which will start at approximately 2:00 p.m., 1444 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Donations in Darwin's memory may be made to:  St Paul’s Woodcutters, c/o St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97302.  Or, St. Paul’s Music Guild, c/o St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97302.

 

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Our love and prayers are with you Beth we will miss Darwin and his smile and laughter and his ability to make your friends, Beth, feel welcome. Our love is with you both.  We are so very sorry you have lost him but know you will remember the good times you two had.  My love to you Beth.  Anita. 



You have been in my thoughts, Beth. As I am in California until May, I will be unable to attend Darwin’s service. I am sending many prayers and hugs your way. 

Claudia



Beth, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  We are so very sorry for your loss, but Darwin will always live in your heart.  You have many years of happy memories, and may they give you comfort.  Our love to you, Beth.
Tricia and Marc 



I'm so sorry to hear about Darwin, Beth. I am praying for you and your family. Your friends are always near for you to call. Live. Glenda



DARWIN WAS THE ARCHITECT FOR US WHEN WE FIRST MOVED TO SALEM. WE LOVED WHAT HE CREATED FOR US HAVING MOVED  IN  HALLOWEEN DAY, OCTOBER 1980. WHEN THEY JOINED ST. PAUL'S CHURCH LATER IT WAS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THEY WERE ALWAYS A  LOVING COUPLE. DARWIN YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW YOU IN YOUR LIFE WELL BEFORE YOU DECIDED ON THE CAREER YOU CHOSE BY HELPING SO MANY OTHERS IN SO MANY WAYS   LEONA AND PAUL FARRELL



We miss your presence on Monday Morning Mens Bible Study group Darwin .  You were always good for each of us.  Your strong Christian Faith and belief in the Bible makes me realize how fortunate  it is to know that this is not the end, just the beginning of a nwe and wonderful life in Heaven.  
Beth our prayers are with you and your family.  May God richly hold you up and comfort you
God Bless You.
Lyle and Ann  Steers



Beth and family, Darwin helped so many architects navigate the early years of their career. Thanks to Darwin's belief in fresh green interns, I have a beautiful life in Oregon and a fulfilling career. I remember countless specification and architectural business lessons with great appreciation. Holiday parties and stories of time spent on his boat will stay with me forever. Wishing you all peace and love- Pam Triplett



To the family of Darwin Doss, I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) With sympathy,



Dearest Beth, 
So many wonderful people come into our lives, people like you Beth. Each person leaves an imprint in our hearts and minds.  Last year I lost my father, and yet I know that he will always be with me. Not the big events, but the little things, his specials sayings, his rare laugh, his ability to let you know how he felt about you without uttering a word. I can see him hiking up Mt. Ashland in front of us, playing tennis and badminton with us, encouraging us to do more, to excel. He was a husband, a father, a friend, a neighbor, a baker, a gardener, a teacher, a student and a man to loved to play games and spend time with those whom he loved. He loved animals, his family, as we loved him. There are so many things I remember about him, different things at different times. Those I'm sure you will also relive in your mind about your husband. All the special times spent together, some hard, some good, some small details that only he brought into your life. We are all blessed and enriched by family and friends. I hope you enjoy those thoughts for years to come. You are in my prayers and thoughts. God bless you my friend, Maria  



Dear Beth and Family, 
May the love and prayers of those who love you carry you through the pain the sadness.  Please accept my deepest condolences, and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Love, Pinkie



Darwin, we will miss your sweet face at all our future family gatherings. It was always so nice to visit with you. I will miss your chuckle and sweet smile.