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Obituaries for the week of April 12 to April 16

Clarence Green

Clarence Ellsworth "Clancy" Green, 82, of Baker City, died April 6, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise.

At his request, there will be no formal service. There will be a celebration of life gathering by the pond at his ranch later this summer. The time will be announced. All friends and family will be welcomed.

Clancy was born on May 2, 1921, at Corvallis to Seth and Alice Green. He graduated from Whittier College at Whittier, Calif.

After graduation, he went into radio broadcasting and was a radio actor. He also worked at CBS as an announcer and producer.

In 1940 he married Mary Jane Bowden. They had three children. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and received his pilot training there.

Flying became one of his greatest passions. He flew cargo and transport-type aircraft throughout World War II. His wartime duties included flights to the Philippines, and he was among the first allies to fly into Japan after the armistice. He was injured one time, but was able to successfully land his plane and cargo.

After his discharge from the service, he was hired by Pan Am Airlines where he flew the "Clipper" flying boats. His commercial career continued when he was hired by TWA Airlines on Jan. 12, 1948.

He safely flew around all over the world until his retirement on May 1, 1981. He retired as a captain on Lockheed L-1011 aircraft, having earned a reputation as an excellent pilot, and the love and respect of his peers and co-workers.

On Clancy's birthday May 2, 1977, he married Betty Jones at Reno, Nev. They lived in California for several years until they flew up to Baker City in his private plane in search of the "perfect ranch." It had been one of his lifelong dreams to be a cattle rancher.

They found the ranch of their dreams in the Keating Valley. They bought the John Brown Ranch in 1978 and enjoyed a beautiful fall and enjoyed riding their horses and moving their cattle. However, their first winter ranching was the winter of 1979 when the area experienced 40 days where the temperature never exceeded 10 degrees. Ranching and calving took on a whole new dimension for the tenderfoots. They stuck out the winter and gained a greater appreciation for area ranchers.

They ran 500 head of cattle and enjoyed most of the ranch work. Most of all, they came to enjoy all of their neighbors. They sold the ranch in 1981 and moved to their horse ranch on Washington Gulch Road, where Clancy developed a new passion: breeding and raising thoroughbred race horses.

Although Clancy never had a Kentucky Derby winner he did have several class horses including: Higher Flyer, Contequos, and Heza Green. He was still breeding and racing horses at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Green of Baker City; his daughter, Sandra Saunders of Sandy; son, Jeff Green of San Diego; Robin Radovich and her husband, George, of Escondido, Calif., Rocky Morris and her husband, Larry, of Baker City, and Steve Jones and his wife, Marilynn, of Baker City; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Clay Gates

Clay Loren Gates, 82, of Baker City died April 8, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

His graveside service was today at Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Pastor Loyd Phillips of the New Hope Assembly of God Chapel at Vale officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Strawberry Mountain Grange in Prairie City.

A former Grant County resident, Clay was born on April 24, 1921, at Ritter. He attended school at Ukiah, Long Creek, and Susanville. He lived his childhood at Galena.

Clay worked for 48 years ranching and logging at Bates, John Day, Baker City and Alaska.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Hacker Gates; a sister, C.L. Petty of Sumpter; daughter, Beverly Davis, and her husband, Bill, of Bear Valley; grandsons, Edward and Dakota, of John Day; and sisters-in-law, Hazel Wood of Prairie City and Sue Pureene of Sumpter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Jack Gates and a wife, Zona Haskens Gates; and by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer's Association or Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Francis DeRoest

Francis E. DeRoest, 78, of Baker City, died April 7, 2004, at his home about one mile from the old DeRoest farmhouse where he was born.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall.

Visitations will be until 5 p.m. today and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

His parents, Bruno and Sibilla, were immigrants from Belgium, having come to the United States during World War I. They had nine children, who all grew up to be successful individuals, having learned firsthand from their parents the work ethic and persistence required to attain success.

Francis attended St. Francis Academy through the sixth grade, but the Depression years brought that education to an end when he and his brothers and sisters had to quit school to work on the family farm.

He later worked at the old Oregon Lumber Co. in south Baker City. There he met his loving wife of 54 years, Leona. They were married on Aug. 12, 1949, at Baker City.

When the Oregon Lumber Co. moved from Baker City to Bates, Francis began a long, successful career as a cabinetmaker and home builder. He was totally self-taught in these trades. He was a life member of the Baker Elks Lodge.

One of the highlights of Francis' life was hunting each year in the Sumpter area with his son, nephews, great-nephews and friends from California. His cabin at the head of Phillips Lake was filled with love and laughter as they shared each day's hunt, as well as memories and "tall tales" of past hunting trips.

The hunting partners dubbed him "Kingpin" and went out of their way to take care of "Kingpin" after each evening's hunt. And "Ol' Kingpin" just pushed back in his recliner and relished every minute. The success of their hunts was not measured in deer or elk killed, but in the joking, teasing and general camaraderie shared.

As a very young man, Francis and his brothers would ride the old Sumpter Valley Railroad train to their hunting grounds near Sumpter. The boys would camp out in an old railroad car at the end of the line and the train crew would bring groceries to drop off as needed.

Survivors include his wife, Leona, of Baker City; daughters, Kathy Larios of Baker City and Karolyn Monteyne and her partner, John Watts, of Victor, Mont.; son, Francis Jr. and daughter-in-law, Julie, of Powell Butte; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary DeMey of Redmond and May Rouse of Lake Oswego; brothers, Joseph, of Orem, Utah, and Don of Baker City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael A.; his parents, Bruno and Sibilla; brothers, Hector, Leon and Mick; and a sister, Palma Rouse.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Chapman

Mary Marie Chapman, 88, of Baker City, died April 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. MDT Tuesday at Hilltop Cemetery in Nyssa. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Mary was born on May 12, 1915, at Vale to Bud and Laura Rose Syme Mattingly. She was raised at Watson where she also attended school. She graduated from high school at Nyssa.

She married Arthur A. Chapman on May 23, 1934. The couple lived at Huntington during World War II, where Mr. Chapman worked on the railroad. While in Huntington, they raised two children, Charles and Laura.

In 1946, the couple moved to Baker City. Mary went to work for Cablevision as an office manager and continued to work there for many years.

Survivors include her son, Charles Chapman and his wife, Gail, of Baker City; her daughter, Laura Mae Kovash and her husband, Walter, of Ontario; grandchildren, Sean Chapman of Pomona, Calif., Sheri Chapman of LaPine, Richard Kovash of Albuquerque, N.M., and Chris Kovash of Oakland, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Arthur A. Chapman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

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