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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Aug. 23, 2013


Obituaries for Aug. 23, 2013

John Lemmon

Laguna Hills, Calif., 1928-2013

John David Lemmon, 85, a Baker City native, died Aug. 16, 2013, at Laguna Hills, Calif., after a swift deterioration due to Alzheimer’s disease.

John was born on April 25, 1928, at Baker (City). He was the last surviving of four sons (Boyd, Jack, Richard, John) born to Warren Lemmon and Vera Virgina Schlaefer.

John served as president of his class at Baker High School, graduating in 1946.  He joined the Naval Air Force just out of high school, ultimately graduating from the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1953 with a degree in accounting.

His career path quickly became auto sales in California, culminating with owning Maywood-Bell Ford.  His career took him to the California cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Sacramento, Los Alamitos and finally to Las Vegas, Nev., before retirement at Laguna Woods, Calif.

“Our father was a sweetly optimistic man, a one-of-a-kind through and through salesman. He was a good sport who lived by the credo, ‘if you act enthusiastic, you will be enthusiastic,’ ” family members said. “We’ll miss you, Dad.”    

His first marriage was to Donna Bernhardt of Reedsport. 

Survivors include their four daughters, Deborah Stevens  of Irvine, Calif., Carol Lemmon of San Francisco, Brita Lemmon of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Amy Arthur of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandsons, Desmond, Tiller-John and Daniel; and one granddaughter, Ashley.

His second and final marriage was to Jeanette Godbe, who also survives him. He also is survived by three step-grandsons, Michael, Ryan and Andrew and one step-granddaughter, Allison, all whom he watched grow to adulthood.

Patricia Dobell

Granite, 1942-2013

Patricia Jean Dobell, 70, of Granite died Aug. 19, 2013, just outside of Sumpter due to injuries sustained in  an automobile accident.  

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Dan Martin will officiate. There will  be a reception afterward.

Patty was born on Sept. 1, 1942, at Montrose, Colo., to Ralph and Ruth Lopez Baca.  She was raised in Colorado and Arizona, graduating from Yuma High School in 1960. 

She moved to Portland in 1970. She worked at various jobs, including training the developmentally disabled, working at various retail stores and working for a women’s shelter at Hillsboro for a while.

She was married to William “Bill” Dobell in November of 1994 at Granite. They moved to Granite shortly before they were married. 

Patty owned a taco stand for several years at Granite. She was a wonderful quilter and baker. She also enjoyed reading and sewing and loved fishing, mushrooming and just being in the outdoors.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Dobell of Granite; a son, Dan Cashmere of San Diego; three daughters, Lisa Surratt, and her husband, Ken, of Newberg, Luci Ivey and her husband, Robert, of Arlington, Wash., and Margaruite Carroll of Portland;  two brothers, Ralph Baca of Portland, and Ray Baca of Olathe, Colo.; three sisters, Ruby Luna of El Paso, Texas, Lucia Fabela of Vista, Calif., and Pricilla Thomas of Solome, Ariz.; and 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Cashmere, who died in 2006; and two brothers and one sister.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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