By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Yamhill man dies in accidental shooting

Marcus Larson / News-Registeer
Memorial in Yamhill honors the late Colby Duyn.
Marcus Larson / News-Registeer
Memorial in Yamhill honors the late Colby Duyn.

Berry gave this account in a Thursday press release:

About 9 p.m., the Yamhill Communications Agency received a 911 call that reported a shooting at 825 E. Azalea St., southeast of the Yamhill-Carlton High School campus. Law enforcement and medical personnel responded.

Duyn was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound and transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center. He died there later in the evening.

Longtime friend Chad Joseph Barton, 19, was handling a 9 mm pistol when it discharged, Berry said.

He said the pair had been together for several hours prior to the shooting. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be contributing factors, he said.

Duyn is survived by his parents, Joe and Joy Duyn, a brother, Nate, and two sisters, Ivory and Elsie.

A viewing was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Directors in McMinnville.

Recitation of the rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church. The church is located at 445 N. Maple St. in Yamhill, adjacent to the high school.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school gym. The Duyn family asks that people who plan to attend bring their duck calls.

A reception will follow in the high school cafeteria. Donations can be made to the Colby Duyn Memorial Fund at either the celebration of life or the reception.

“Colby was an easy -oing, fun person,” said Joy Brown, a close friend of the Duyn family. “He was hard working, too. He has a loving and caring family.”

Brown was a childhood playmate of Colby’s grandmother, the late Emily Reynoldson. “We were friends since we were 10 years old and I’m 78 now,” Brown said.

Duyn and her grandson, Yamhill resident Tyler Bodeen, were best friends, Brown said. She said she warmly remembered hugs she’d gotten from the two over the years.

A 2012 graduate of Y-C High School, Duyn was active in FFA. Brown said she watched him show his pigs many times at the Yamhill County Fair.

“A pig is the last thing I would want to show,” she said. “But he showed them so superbly and professionally.”

She characterized members of the Duyn family as hardworking people who also knew how to put work aside and have a good time. And she said Colby was cut from that mold.

“He was loved and respected by so many,” she said.



Something as tragic as this leaves one without words. Having known both families virtually all my life leaves me bewildered and with a heat felt sadness. I wish I knew what to say to give the families relief. Our sympathy from my whole family goes out to all. May God Bless all that knew him and were allowed to be in his short life here on earth.

Wayne, Marcia, Daniel & Anne McLeod

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