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Myron (Myze) Gitnes

April 30, 2012 by

Myron (Myze) Gitnes, 68, passed into his paradise on Saturday, April 14, 2012, in the presence of his family and loved ones.
Myron was born in Trenton, N.J. and raised in New Brunswick, N. J. on May 13, 1943, to Sylvia Gitnes (Tretsky) and Albert Gitnes, the first of their children, followed by Susan and Andy.
Myron played many sports in high school, and then, played football for Rutgers University.  He “tried out” for the Philadelphia Eagles, but found that the tackles “hurt him”.  In 1961, Myron entered Brooklyn School of Law.  After graduation, Myron worked for the City of New York in drafting the first cable television contract for the City.  Disillusioned with “big city” law, he moved to Oregon from New York in 1970,  following his heart to God’s country.  Myron commercial fished and logged in Newport for eight years before settling in Lakeview for several years where he opened his first independent attorney’s office.  In 1985, Myron became an attorney with Klamath Defender Services and private practice,  where he specialized in family and criminal law.  In the last years of his practice, Myron represented many children helping them on their way to the opportunity for a better life.
Myron is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nathele (Nat) Gitnes; sons and daughters-in-law Jason and DeLisa Holland and Seth and Wendy Gitnes; daughters Misty Swetland and Selina Gitnes; daughters and partners Shawna Leroy and Sam and  Gabriell Gitnes and Melinda; daughters and sons-in-law Kyrsten and Darryll and Amber Gitnes and Luke;  brother and sister-in-law Andy and Kristie Gitnes; sister Susan Gitnes Snyder; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nancy and Mike McCulley; grandchildren Erin, Barry and Joelle Holland, Rachael and Rylie Gitnes, Hunter and McKenzee Leroy, Tanaquill, Basha Gitnes; nephews Albert, Christian, Jon, Morgan, Jess Diehl, Erik Diehl; nieces Alison and Josh Uthe and Leslie Gitnes; great-niece Charlotte Parks Uthe; friend Diane Diehl.
We will miss him more than we can say in words.  Myron was a gift to those in this life that knew and loved him.  He contributed to our community with dignity and honor in advocating for those less fortunate.
A burial service was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Gan Shalom within Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend.  A Celebration of Life will be held at the Running Y Resort, Ponderosa Room, on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2 p.m.  Please come to honor Myron, and share your memories and stories about Myron and his life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Myron’s memory to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children,http://klamathfallscasa.org/give.

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