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Gregory Lynn Hall

June 22, 1955 - May 22, 2023

Memorial service will be 10 am Saturday June 10th at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com.

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Gregory Lynn Hall
June 22, 1955 – May 22, 2023

Gregory Lynn Hall, 67, of Sweet Home, died on May 22, 2023. Greg passed away after spending the morning on one of his favorite lakes, doing what he loved best – fishing. Greg was born in Crescent City, California to Lawrence N. and Letha D. (Jarrett) Hall on June 22, 1955, and grew up in Brookings, Oregon. Living on the south Oregon Coast, he found his passion for the outdoors at a young age and spent his free time either on the river or at the beach. Greg left Brookings after high school to attend college at Oregon State, where he met his wife, Patti. They were married in November of 1976, and later had two daughters, Erin and Cailin.

When Greg and Patti were first married, they lived in Medford and Greg worked for Viking Sprinkler Company. They decided to move closer to family and purchased Sugar City Lanes in Sweet Home in 1979. A few years later, they moved to Philomath, where they owned and operated Beaver Bowl for 5 years. Greg went to work for Les Schwab in 1985, and moved his family to Dallas. He advanced quickly in the company and became an assistant manager at the store in Independence in 1987.

While Greg ventured down a few career paths, it wasn’t until a work injury forced him to change course that he found his true calling. He completed a two-year program at Chemeketa Community College and was licensed as a building inspector in 1994. He began as an inspector in Dallas, where he worked for the city and the county. He became a building official while he was in Dallas and later worked for the City of Corvallis. He was deeply involved with the Oregon Building Officials Association throughout his career and served as their president from 2004-2005. After that, he continued to work with representatives at the state and national level to develop better codes and pathways for others like him in the field.

Greg retired from the City of Corvallis in 2017, but he couldn’t sit still for very long and went to work part-time for NW Code Professionals in Eugene, with his daughter, Cailin. This job gave him the opportunity to work when he wanted to, and he was able to travel throughout Oregon doing inspections. On many occasions he was sent to coastal communities where he could visit the beach with his dog, Vader, after he finished for the day. Greg loved meeting contractors at his many job sites, and he was able to serve as a mentor to younger inspectors.

While Greg was always passionate about his career, it was his love of fishing and time with his family that brought him the most joy. Greg spent just about all of his weekends on the river in his drift boat, and he loved sharing his passion and skillset with others. He especially enjoyed taking his girls, friends, and grandchildren fishing. He volunteered for community groups including the Oregon Steelheaders Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to participate in projects such as stream enhancement and youth fishing days. When Greg wasn’t fishing, he could be found cheering on one of his grandchildren at a sporting event or traveling with Patti and Vader in their camping trailer.

Greg is survived by his wife, Patti Hall, daughter Erin Hanson and son-in-law Walter Hanson, and daughter Cailin Tang and son-in-law Byron Tang. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Dylan, James, Mei Li, Eva, Jia Li, and Julon.
Memorial service will be 10 am Saturday June 10th at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com.