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Gary Allen

Gary Allen "Master" "Master Muma" Muma

Thursday, November 27th, 1947 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Gary Allen "Master" Muma

Family and friends mourn the loss of Gary Allen Muma, who passed away on October 29 following a lengthy illness.

Gary was born in Hood River on November 27, 1947 - the youngest of five sons born to Leona Jane (Smith) Muma and Clifford Earl Muma of Parkdale. He was a lifelong resident of Hood River Valley, attending elementary school in Parkdale and graduating from Wy'east High School in 1966. Gary was a leader throughout high school, serving on student council, as class president, as an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, track and field and playing trumpet in the school band, as well.

With an interest in pre law, Gary enrolled at the University of Oregon. But duty called and upon receipt of his military draft notification, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from May 1970 until his honorable discharge in March 1972, earning the rank of Sargent, 1st Air Cavalry Division. He served his country with distinction on the battlefields in Vietnam, earning a Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and other military service honors. Following his discharge from the Army, Gary also served in the National Guard Reserves from 1972 to 1974.

After returning to civilian life, he began apprenticeship training to become an electrical lineman with the Hood River Electric Co-op and was a member of the Co-op crew for 25 years.

Martial arts held a great deal of interest and intrigue for Gary and, in 1976, he became a dedicated student of Taekwon-do karate (Taekwon-do meaning "the way of the feet and the hands"), attaining the rank of first-degree black belt.

In 1994, he left the Co-op to pursue full-time his passion for martial arts. He continued his advanced Taekwon-do training for many years through a prestigious karate school in Portland under the guidance of Korean Grandmaster Hong Sik Kim, eventually achieving the rank of seventh-degree black belt and the title Master Muma.

Gary opened his own karate school (Northwest Taekwon-do) in downtown Hood River. Because of his dedication to martial arts and exceptional skill as an instructor, his school quickly grew and expanded, sparking broad interest from people of all ages. Over the course of nearly 35 years, he taught and earned the respect and friendship of countless kids and adults throughout the Columbia Gorge.

His school quickly became an integral part of county fairs, harvest festivals and many other events throughout the area, with well-attended demonstrations of skill and control given by Master Muma and his students. He dedicated his teaching to the traditional style of Taekwon-do instruction. Gary was always extremely proud of every student he had the privilege of teaching and spoke of them often and with great fondness. After three and a half decades, he decided it was time to retire and sold his school to long-time student, friend and instructor George Evans.

Gary had a deep love for his family and took exceptional care of his parents throughout their later years until their final days. His grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, held a special place in his heart and loved him equally in return.

Gary was a long-time classic car and motorcycle enthusiast and often had an in-progress or finished restoration project in his garage. He loved to go cruising in his favorite 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury and sometimes burned a little rubber on the ride. The valley and Mt. Hood were always 'home' to him, and he often said, "Why would you want to go anywhere else when we live in the most beautiful place on the planet?" On sunny days, it wasn't unusual to see him in his classic 1975 Dodge Power Wagon pickup and aviator sunglasses, cruising his favorite eastside loop with his furry best friend, "Willie", beside him.

Gary is survived by his third wife Diana Pike; his second wife, Betty (Hagen) Osborne and their daughters and sons-in-law Lisa and Todd Lessner and grandchildren Logan and Lucy of Hillsboro; Jackie Moe of Odell; son-in-law Dwight Moe of Odell; his first wife Susan (Lingren) Nichols, their daughter Kristen Amy and son-in-law Andy Hart of Happy Valley and grandchildren Kennedy Elizabeth Hart and Zachary David Hart.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Scott Allen Muma; brothers Marvin, Melvin, Terry and an infant brother; grandson Travis James Hart, as well as grandparents and numerous family members.

A graveside service with military honors to celebrate Gary's life is planned for 1pm on Saturday, November 21 at the Upper Valley Cemetery (6917 Allen Road, Parkdale). Due to Covid 19 state guidelines, all in attendance must wear a mask.

Memorial donations may be given to Providence Hospice of the Gorge, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wounded Warriors c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, or Hood River Adopt-A-Dog, 3910 Heron Drive, Hood River.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals ~ Receptions ~ Cremations), 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Upper Valley Cemetery
    Address
    Parkdale, OR

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Sheri Castaneda

Posted at 07:21pm
Gary was a special guy. He visited us at Bette’s often. Had many conversations with him. I would see him out on his daily drives. He would pass by our place almost daily. I want to say it wasn’t that long ago I said to one of the kids there goes Gary. Ricardo enjoyed him as well he achieved his black belt under Gary. Thinking of you all. Ricardo and Sheri Castaneda
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Marilyn McAllister

Posted at 02:41pm
Didn't get to see you as often as I would have liked beings we moved away from there many years ago, but sure remember you growing up. Your Mom and Dad were a couple of goof- balls in our families for sure and enjoyed every minute that we could spend with you and them. You served your country well and will miss all that you have done for the community. Many will remember you for sure. May you have the Peace that you deserve.
Love, Your cousin
Marilyn (Smith) McAllister
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Dorris Greenough

Posted at 11:29am
I had the pleasure of working with Gary one year during the Lions follies. I want to share my last memories of Gary. One day a while back I was in Walmart standing in line and there was a gentleman in front of me. I didn’t pay any attention to who he was but I noticed he stepped out of line and stood across the aisle when he finished with his purchases. There was a young lady in the aisle next to us that had a new baby and she was struggling with the baby in it’s carrying bed, she was struggling with the packages that she was buying and trying to get everything located into her cart. But As I watched this man that had been in front of me standing there and I figured he just wanted to ask the checker a question. When the checker looked at him he said I want to take care of this purchase. the young lady said no no I I don’t need you to do that and he said no but I would like to and he talked to her about how old her new baby was and it was very congenial. She thanked him and I waited in line and walked over and said that was an amazing thing thank you very much for being so kind and I shook his hand. His hands were very rough and working but he said thank you. I went on home and I was telling my husband about it and all of a sudden I realized I recognized him. It was Gary Muma. I will always be totally impressed with his kindness to this young woman, that he didn’t even know and he didn’t have to help. When I think of the times and I didn’t see him and we had closer connections he was always very kind and will be missed by so many of his young people. I just wanted his family to know that I witnessed some of his kindness. May he rest in peace and start a new class in heaven.
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Cheryl Okimoto Russell

Posted at 05:43pm
My deepest sympathy to his survivors.
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