In Memory of

Dwight

Gard

Triplett

Obituary for Dwight Gard Triplett

Dwight Gard Triplett of Monmouth, Oregon, passed away peacefully after a long battle with lung cancer the morning of December 19, 2023.

Dwight was born April 27, 1943, in Bend, Oregon. He was the third of four children born to Arthur and Clara Triplett, descendants of a family who originally homesteaded in the Bend area in the 1800’s. The family relocated to the Salem area in 1949, and Dwight eventually graduated from North Salem High School. Following high school, he attended the University of Oregon for one year before transferring to the Oregon College of Education, now known as Western Oregon University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling.

After graduating he taught in Gervais, Oregon, before eventually moving on to the North Salem School District where he was honored as Educator of the Year in 1968. In 1972, in search of a new adventure he declared that he wanted the world in his hand and made a career change to work in sales for Hunt Wesson in New York City. The career change and relocation to New York wasn’t the only bright spot for Dwight as he met and married Mary Margaret Buckaway, known to all as Maggie, in 1973. Dwight’s new career eventually spanned multiple companies and continents as he became a renowned expert in the nuances of international business. The stories from his expat days in The Philippines, Taiwan, and South Korea became legendary in his gatherings of family and friends. In 1987 Dwight and Maggie relocated back to the United States, landing in California before a stop in Chicago and eventually settling in Greeley, Colorado.

Upon his retirement in 2001, Dwight and Maggie relocated to Oregon and opened a flower shop called Petals and Vines in Monmouth. Dwight sunk his numerous talents into helping run the new family business while simultaneously delivering flowers to residents all across the central Willamette Valley. His flower delivery exploits became almost as legendary as his earlier adventures in Asia. He leaves behind a legacy of family and friends who knew him well, and he was a fixture at Western Oregon athletic events, and more importantly spent as much time as he could watching his numerous grandchildren achieve new heights in their own pursuits.

Dwight is survived by his wife Mary Margaret Triplett, younger sister Charlotte Triplett Williamson, his daughters Sarah, Martha, and Kathryn, and eleven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Clara, and his older brothers Geary and Hervey. The family asks that donations in his name be made to student scholarship funds at Western Oregon University (www.wou.edu/give – please list in the memo Dwight’s name.) Dwight’s service will be held on January 20th at Community Life Church, 189 Monmouth Ave S, Monmouth OR, 97361. The time will be announced at a later time. Please refer to Bollman’s Tribute Center’s website for updates.