March 20, 1928 - September 20, 2017
Doris Doreen “Dee Dee” Dunn McDonald Kouns passed away peacefully at home on September 20, 2017.
She was the youngest of six children, born in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Her family moved to Oregon when she was seven and settled in Corvallis.
She married Karan Roy “Mac” McDonald, a WWII Navy veteran, in 1947. The couple had two sons, Michael and Patrick; and a daughter, Valerie. Mac died in a swimming accident in 1954. In 1956, she met Robert B. Kouns, a graduate student at Oregon State University. They married in 1957, and had a son, Kevin, in 1958.
Over the next 10 years, the family lived in six different towns in Washington State. In 1969, the family moved to Portland where they lived until 1999.
In November 1980, daughter Valerie, who lived in San Francisco, went missing. A two year investigation revealed that she had been murdered. The couple joined Parents of Missing Children and then started Crime Victims United, an advocacy group in support of other victims. They served on several state commissions on crime and sponsored, with help, several initiatives relating to crime and sentencing in the state.
They traveled the state giving speeches on crime and victims issues. They received national recognition and awards for their work.
Dee Dee was preceded in death by her husbands, “Mac” and Bob; daughter, Valerie; and son, Pat.
She is survived by sons, Michael McDonald (Anne) of Redmond, Washington, Kevin Kouns (Jeanie Ritz) of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Ian McDonald and Sarah Frederick of Seattle, Torin McDonald of Los Angeles and Kahti Kouns of Portland; and three great-grandchildren.
Burial ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at Twin Oaks Memorial Garden.
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at the Charbonneau Clubhouse.