Donald Keith Hufschmid
Donald Keith Hufschmid passed away February 27, 2017 from respiratory complications related to his LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device). The device gave Don an additional 26 months after his second episode of congestive heart failure in 2014. "Every day is a gift," he proclaimed frequently. His family, friends, medical partners and business associates are grateful for that extra time with him. He was 73 years old.
After recovering from the LVAD implant surgery Don was an ambassador for the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Ventricular Assist Devices team. He met with VAD patients and healthcare professionals to answer questions based on his experiences. "I guess that's why I'm still here" was his frequent refrain. He valued his relationships with his doctors, nurses, other VAD associates and fellow patients.
Don grew up in Seaside and the Lents neighborhood of Portland. After graduating from Madison High School he served in the U.S. Army; attended college in Oklahoma City; and later moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Eventually he and his family relocated to Portland.
Cars and trucks were a focal point in his life as the owner of One Two Three Truck Sale and as a member of the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club and Historic Auto Club of Oregon.
Don's horizons broadened when he met the love of his life, Lorraine Griffey, in 2004. They traveled; enjoyed local live theatre and music; belonged to the Broadway Rose Theatre Guild; entertained frequently; and were active with The Laurelhurst Dance Club.
One of the organizations close to his heart was the Bethel Youth Drop In Center (YDIC) after school and summer programs for children in North Portland. Don facilitated automobile donation transactions for the YDIC and organized large groups to attend the Bethel Players annual performances to benefit the center. Last summer he sponsored a field trip for 50+ kids to go swimming, including transportation and ice cream afterward.
Don is survived by his son, David; nephew Richard Tunzat and his family; niece Marjorie Ellen Leonetti; and his Extended Portland Family who will miss his boundless energy, humor, and opinions.
At Don's insistence there will be a party instead of a memorial service on Friday, March 10, 2017 at The Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny Street in Portland from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Donations in Don's memory can be sent to Bethel Youth Drop In Center at 5658 N. Denver Avenue, Portland, OR 97217.