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Joe Laurance
Joe Laurance
07-19-21 Commissioners Extend Condolences on the Passing of Former County Commissioner Laurance (Photo) - 07/19/21




July 19, 2021



Commissioners Extend Condolences on the Passing of Former County Commissioner Laurance 


(Douglas County, Ore.)  The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of former Douglas County Commissioner Joseph “Joe” Laurance, who died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident on North Umpqua Highway (OR 138E) near Fall Creek on Monday, July 19, 2021.

According to the incident report from the Oregon State Police (OSP): “On Monday, July 19, 2021 at approximately 12:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on OR Hwy 138E near milepost 33.   Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Forrester, operated by Manas Sanyal (54) of Wisconsin, was westbound and attempted to turn left into a roadside pull out when it was struck by an also westbound Honda motorcycle operated by Joseph Laurance (71) of Winston.  Laurance sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Sanyal was not injured.  OSP was assisted by Glide Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation 

Joe Laurance served as a Douglas County Commissioner in position #2, currently occupied by Commissioner Tim Freeman, for two terms (eight years) from January 2007 to December 2014. 


“We were profoundly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Joe Laurance.  He was a colorful character who was passionate about Douglas County, where he was proud to call home.  Joe was a friend, and he will be greatly missed.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman.




Contact Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist and Public Information Officer.  (541) 670-2804 cell - (541) 957-4896 office -


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