Longtime Valley resident Deo J. Burnside dies at 84

Deo J. Burnside, a longtime resident of the Snoqualmie Valley, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, following several months of illness.

Deo was born in Dubois, Idaho, on February 14, 1928. He was the youngest of three brothers. His father, Don, died when Deo was 3 months old. His mother later married Albert L. Grant and had five more children.

The family moved to California in 1941 and then to Washington, settling in the Snoqualmie Valley in 1943.

Following graduation from Mount Si High School in 1946, he worked with his brother Howard, managing a service station in North Bend. That’s where he and Ruth McNeely met. The two were married August 8, 1947. Their only child, Dale, born in 1951, died in an auto accident in 1982.

Deo Burnside, a bright, hard-working man, started his career path with Weyerhaeuser Company in 1949. He was dry kiln supervisor when he retired after 34 years with the company in 1983. A valued employee, he was offered a Weyco office in Tacoma and the opportunity to meet with companies worldwide as lumber drying consultant for the Pacific Northwest. He chose instead to provide this expertise—limited to the Pacific Northwest and for two years only—“to spend more time at home with my wife.”

Deo is survived by his wife Ruth; siblings Howard J. Burnside, Eddie Grant, Vern Grant, Shirley Grant Helton, Sharon Grant Annette and Ernie Grant, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

His brother, Leon D. Burnside, died earlier this year.

Inurnment will be at the Fall City Cemetery. At Deo’s request, there will be no funeral service.


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