The USDCHS is saddened to hear of the death of a longtime and true friend, Judge Owen M. Panner in Medford, Oregon on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. For more information about Judge Panner, please take a look at his oral history, or look at pp. 10-13 of this 2008 Oregon Benchmarks.
In 1983, Judge Owen M. Panner he took part in the first organizational meeting for the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society at the home of Judge James Burns. Judge Panner succeeded Judge Burns as chair of the Society and the Society was fortunate to enjoy his time, intelligence, and good humor over the decades. Judge Panner and his wife Nancy kindly shared their Portland-area ranch for the Society’s annual picnic for many years.
After the institution of the Lifetime Service Award, Judge Panner made it very clear he didn’t think judges should receive it. It is never wise to go against a judge’s wishes, but it would be foolish not to tell a true friend what they’ve meant to you over the years. Judge Owen M. Panner received the USDCHS Lifetime Service Award in 2008. We are so grateful for his care, friendship, and service.