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Obituaries for Sept. 15, 2010
Alan Endicott, Shirley Garland
Alan EndicottAlan Lee “Gramps” Endicott, 70, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2010, at Kadlec Medical Center in Kennewick, Wash., of cancer.
There will be a celebration of life service in his honor at 2 p.m. Saturday in the basement of the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. There will be a dessert and salad potluck afterward.
Alan was born on Sept. 6, 1939, at Caldwell, Idaho, to Charles and Alfreda Endicott. He was a 1957 graduate of Huntington High School where he was a four-year letterman in three sports.
He met the love of his life, Nancy, at a dance in Durkee, and they married on Nov. 23, 1957. He served three years in the U.S. Navy before the family settled at Baker City.
Alan worked as an engineer assistant for the U.S. Forest Service and retired from the Union Pacific Railroad at Pendleton after 25 years as an engineer. After taking time off to pursue his dream of gold mining, he started a new career in car sales at Carner Auto & Pendleton Ford.
His love for gardening led him to Pendleton Academies, and later to the Pendleton Police Department as gardener. Alan was very active in the lives of his kids and grandkids.
He coached in Baker City, and later coached Pendleton High School JV girls softball. He took great pride in teaching not only the fundamentals, but how to be a better person.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and relished the companionship of friends. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, and he was initiated into the Pendleton Masonic Lodge, No. 52.
In recent years, Al and Nancy helped shape the lives of 31 foster kids with special needs, his family said.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Pendleton; brother, Erin, of Cove; sons, Alan of Pendleton, Tim and his partner, Tina, of Baker City, Doug and his wife, Sandy, of Hermiston; grandchildren Jason, Nic, Cristopher, Alison and Chase.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Baker Little League will be collected at the service in memory of coach “Big Al.”
There will be a memorial service and celebration of Shirley’s life at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Baker Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2005 Valley Ave.
A private family gathering to inter her ashes with her parents will take place later at the Summerville Cemetery.
Shirley was born on Aug. 20, 1919, at Whitney to Jay and Annie Lewis Bennett. She was raised in the logging and mining camps around Whitney, Sumpter and McEwen. Her family lived in boxcars until they moved to Sumpter where she attended school.
When Shirley was in her teens her dad moved the family to the Mother Lode Mine at Keating. There she met Laurance Hack as he rode through the camp on his horse. They were married in 1936 and had 11 children: Larry, Monty, Gary, Chuck, John, Rick, Linda, Shelley, Cathy and the twins, Debbie and Dave.
They were divorced and Shirley then married Lyle Coe. They had a son, Jim Coe.
She later married Robert Garland. All her husbands preceded her in death.
Shirley was a wonderful mom, giving selflessly to her family throughout her life, family members said. Shirley’s greatest pride in life, was her children and grandchildren and their accomplishments.
She loved gardening and took great pride in her flowers and houseplants. She learned to cook from her mother-in-law, Ida Hack, and loved having extra people around to feed at meal time.
Reading, sewing and crafting were the things she loved best Her walks about town and to the library were the highlights of her retirement years. She also loved music and dancing.
Shirley was hardworking, loving and beautiful, her family said. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Cleone Proffitt, Maxine Zemmer and Vivian Kessler; a brother, Jay Bennett; a son, Monty Hack; granddaughter, Carrie Anne; and two great-granddaughters, Tracy Hack and Sofie Noel Hack.
Survivors include her children, Larry Hack and his wife, Donna, of North Powder, Gary Hack of Umatilla, Chuck Hack and his wife, Diana, of Pendleton, John Hack and his wife, Candy, of Goldendale, Wash., Rick Hack and his wife, Gail, of Baker City, Linda Gorham-Silva and her husband, Don, of Haines, Shelley Bowman of Baker City, Cathy Hack of Baker City, David Hack of Middleton, Idaho, Debbie Murrill and her husband, Gayle, of Milton-Freewater and James Coe of Baker City; sister, Goldie Van Fossan of Albany; brother, John Bennett; 27 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great grandchildren.