Murry “Tink” Preston Bright, age 89, of Sutherlin, Ore., passed away on Oct. 11. Tink was born in Myrtle Point, Ore., on May 10, 1928. He lived on the Sixes River with his grandparents until he was seven years old. It was there that he gained his nickname “Tink” from his grandfather, as he loved to tinker with everything.
At the age of 15, he moved to Bandon, where he started workingin the woods. He started running yarder at the age of 21 and spent the next 52 years doing that for various companies, including Don Whitaker Logging. Tink met the love of his life, Jean Dulley, in Windberry, Ore., and they were married on May 10, 1949. Tink and Jean moved to Sutherlin in 1982, where they have lived, except for short stints in Montana and Alaska.
Tink enjoyed camping and spending time in the woods. After retiring, they would spend several weeks during the summer camping on the Sixes River, where he grew up. Tink and Jean were blessed with four boys.
Tink is survived by his wife, Jean Bright, of Sutherlin, Ore.; sisters, Joyce Myers and Doug, of Eugene, Ore.; Bonnie Watson, and husband, Chuck, of Brownstown, Wash.; his sons, Bill Bright, and his wife, Selena, of Myrtle Point, Ore., Bob Bright, and his wife, Deb, of Myrtle Point, Ore., Clyde Bright, and his wife, Valerie, of Sitka, Alaska, and John Bright, and his wife, Desi, of Winston, Ore.; his grandchildren, Mikeal Bright, and his wife, Audrey, of Broomfield, Colo., Thomas Bright, and his wife, Jacklyn, of Colorado, Corey Bright, of Colorado, Shawn Bright, of Myrtle Point, Ore., Sandra Powell, and her husband, Ron Powell, of Sutherlin, Ore., S’te Elmore, and her husband, Rod, of Bremerton, Wash., James Bright, of Healy, Alaska, Brent Reese, of Walla Walla, Wash., Justin Reese, of Chicago, Ill., Aaron Reese, and his wife, Mallory, of Spokane, Wash. and Jonathan Bright and Brian Bright, of Winston, Ore.; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Tink was preceded in death by his grandparents; his sister, Virginia Wilson; his brother, John Bright; and his grandsons, Jeremy Bright and Dean Bright.
To honor Tink’s request, there will be no services. The family would like to give special thanks to the paramedics of Bay Cities Ambulance, Officer Erik Johnson and Officer Matt Barrett, both of the Sutherlin Police Department.