Obituaries for the week of July 1 to July 5

July 12, 2002 12:00 am

‘Marv' Julian

Marland R. "Marv" Julian, 65, of Baker City June 28, 2002, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2177 First St.

He was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Springdale, Ark. He was a son of Clyde Julian and Rhetta Grace "Mulkey" Julian.

He attended high school at Shreveport, La. He entered the U.S. Air Force and was a weather officer from 1954 to 1958. He was based at Goose Bay, Labrador.

After his discharge from the service, he worked in restaurants at Buffalo, N.Y., and Madison, Wis., learning Danish and German cooking. He then took a position opening up restaurants in the new Holiday Inn chain, which took him to Hollywood and eventually into Portland where he became chef of The Mayfair House and Jenos for many years.

"Marv" was chef at the Baker Hotel in its heyday in the '60s. He managed the Longview, Wash., Elks Club in the 1970s before returning to Baker City in the early 1980s where he opened a restaurant equipment and janitorial supply business.

He traveled to Eastern Oregon and Southern Idaho communities from Pocatello, Idaho, to Hood River. He loved selling almost as much as he loved cooking for people.

He was a member of Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Julian; parents Clyde and Rhetta Julian; and his brothers Don Julian and Melvin Julian.

Survivors include his wife, Aletha Bonebrake Julian of Baker City; brothers, Gene Julian of Dodgeville, Wis., and Jimmy Julian of Shreveport, La.; sons, Greg, Mike and Allen Julian all of Salem; daughters, Laurie Carnes of Salem, and Marlene Rogers and her husband, Keith, of Baker City; granddaughter, Deena Phillips of Keating Valley; grandson, Bob Rogers of Redmond; and nine other grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Donald Huff

Donald Leslie Huff, 32, of Halfway, died June 25, 2002, on the Idaho side of the Snake River near Oxbow.

A celebration of his life was today in a graveside service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1969, at Baker City to Tom and Vicki Ingram Huff.

Donnie, known as "Duke" until he was about 12 years old, was raised and educated at Longview and Naches, Wash. He was a Naches High School graduate and attended San Jose Christian Bible College at San Jose, Calif., for two years. He studied with the intent of becoming a youth minister.

After college, he returned to Halfway, working as a carpenter, ranch hand and finally enjoying the occupation as a river guide/river adventurer.

Donnie had a desire for adventure. He was always ready and willing to try to experience everything. Those who knew Donnie best knew that he lived, breathed, smelled and talked fish.

He had a story for anyone who would listen, from small river fishing to the big one that got away in Alaska. He had a special gift of finding that hole and catching that fish when no one else could.

Donnie was a very compassionate man. He had a soft heart for any and all animals in need, whether they needed a home, fed, or medical care.

In September of 1998, Donnie and Patti Scott were married in Halfway at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. They made their home in Halfway with their daughter, Molly.

Donnie took every opportunity to spend time with his stepdaughter, Molly, and always loved and cared for her as his own. He was also that way with his nieces and nephews, who thought Uncle Don was very special.

Donnie never missed an opportunity to tell those he loved, that he loved them.

Survivors include his wife Patti, stepdaughter, Molly Coffee, parents, Tom and Vicki Huff, and brother, Tom, and wife, Melody Huff, all of Halfway; sister, Mindy, and husband, Brian Parr, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; three nieces; Katie, Karissa and Mariah; two nephews, Joseph and Jacob; uncle, Robert Stout; aunts, Linda Bradbury, Lauren Kloch, and Judy Taylor; godmother, Ellen Lord; numerous great-aunts, great-uncles; and numerous cousins; and his Labrador retriever, "Spook."

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Lewis and Zelma Laird and Mable Whitley; grandparents, Laurence and Lula Ingram, Fred and Mildred Stout, Ellis and Mary Jo Ingram; and cousin, Bobby Bradbury, who died at the age of 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to to Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834 to help the family defray the cost of the funeral service.

Lois Britton

Lois Butts Britton, 88, of Baker City, died June 23, 2002, at Gillette, Wyo., after a long illness.

Her graveside funeral was at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the Baker City United Methodist Church and Lynn Shumway of Burnt River officiated.

There was a memorial service Tuesday at the New Life Wesleyan Church at Gillette, Wyo. Pastor Gary Maness officiated.

Lois Victoria Wilson was born on Aug. 27, 1913, at Richland to Victor and Mary Simonis Wilson. She attended Sunnyside School in a two-room schoolhouse. She and her younger brother, Joe, would walk the three miles to the schoolhouse and build the fire before the others arrived.

She graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1932. During her childhood, the family spent summers at sheep camp in the Eagle Mountains. They built their beds on the ground and spent the time picking huckleberries. Her mother then canned enough berries to last until the next summer.

She married John Holbrook on Feb. 22, 1934. They lived at mining camps in Idaho where he worked. During that time, Lois ran her own pack string, carrying supplies to the mines.

In 1941, she separated from John and moved to Baker City with her infant son, Ron. While in Baker, City she worked to support herself and her young son. She served as head tax collector for Baker County from 1943 to 1945.

She married Albert Butts of Hereford on Sept. 17, 1945. They lived on several ranches in the Burnt River Valley. Their daughter, Phyllis, was born in 1949. Lois enjoyed the many aspects of farm life, as well as hunting and camping.

In 1958, she and Albert sold their ranch and bought the Hereford Store. They ran the store and restaurant until selling it in 1970. She then worked at the Hereford Post Office, where she soon was appointed postmaster, a position she held until her retirement in 1980.

After Albert's death in 1986, Lois moved to eastern Wyoming to be close to her family. She married Chuck Britton on May 22, 1989, and moved to Baker City. For several years they enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and summers in Oregon and Wyoming.

She led a very active life and was always ready for anything. Many of her adventures took place after she was 50 years old. She learned to ride a bike, a motorcycle, a snowmobile, to ice skate and to roller skate while in her 50s.

Her family and friends were important to her, and she loved visiting, talking and teasing with all people. Laughing was a major part of her life. She liked to play practical jokes and to have them played on her.

Her activities included quilting, crocheting, crafts and bingo. She especially loved pinochle and spent the last few months of her life teaching her grandchildren and most of her great-grandchildren how to play the card game.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck Britton of Baker City; brothers, Joe Wilson and his wife, Ada, of White Bird, Idaho, and Harold Wilson and his wife, Susan, of Gooding, Idaho; sisters, Anita Smith, and her husband, Hoot, of Riggins, Idaho, and Erma Guyer of Boise; sons and their wives, Ron and Beverly Holbrook of Gillette, Wyo., Howard and Sandee Britton of Baker City and Harold and Judy Britton of Hillsboro; daughters Phyllis Colpitts, and her husband, Ken, of Gillette, Wyo., Betty Braswell of Baker City and Evelyn Plankinton and her husband, John, of Menlo Park, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; and brothers, Lester, Frederick and Edward.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Wyoming Hospice in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, Wyo. 82716, or to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Alan Wyatt

Alan W. Wyatt, 51, of Durkee, died July 2, 2002, while falling timber on the Durango, Colo., fire.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Durkee Grange. The celebration will include a dessert potluck.

Alan was born Aug. 28, 1950, at Sacramento, Calif., to Albert and Merrilee Boncher Wyatt. He spent his entire young life at Orangevale, Calif., fostering his lifelong love of the sport of rodeo and cattle ranching.

On April 25, 1970, he married Victoria Lennberg at Citrus Heights, Calif., They began their life together ranching at Elk Grove, Calif., and moved to southeastern Oregon in 1972.

Alan began working as a timber faller in 1973, working in seven Western states and Alaska over the past 29 years. In 2000 and 2001, he entered into a contractual agreement with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to teach troops timber falling safety methods.

He received military commendation for his efforts. He worked in fire suppression as a timber faller as needed for the past 10 years.

In 1989, Alan and his family moved to Durkee to increase their cow herd size. In 1992, they purchased a ranch at Morres Hollow, 14 miles west of Ontario, where he was partners with his wife and son in Wyatt Livestock, a commercial cattle operation. They also owned a registered black Angus cattle herd.

In his younger years, Alan was a rodeo cowboy. His true passion was for saddle bronc riding. He gave many young men their start, lending equipment and advice to anyone who needed it.

He continued actively with the sport in recent years as a rodeo judge and as the biggest fan of his son, Wyatt, a professional bronc rider. In addition to his other interests, Alan enjoyed playing his guitar, ministering the gospel and working in his saddle shop.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Vikki; a daughter and son-in-law, Leigh Ann and James Evans of Lakeview; a son, Wells, of Durkee; his parents, Albert and Merrilee Wyatt of Cave Junction; his in-laws, Roy and Mabel Lennberg of Baker City; a brother, Gerald, of Templeton, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Cheyenne and Dally Evans.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund in memory of Alan Wyatt, 101 ProRodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

‘Bob' Powers

Robert E. "Bob" Powers, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 3, 2002, at his home.

Vigil services for Mr. Powers will be Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Vault interment will be Monday afternoon at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande.

Robert was born Sept. 25, 1919, the youngest of six siblings born to Gertrude and Laurence Powers, a second-generation American farming family. His mother's family (Joice) had originally immigrated from County Wicklow, Ireland, settling in Wisconsin, and his father's family had immigrated from Waterford, County Cork, Ireland, and settled in South Dakota.

As a young man, Robert worked with the Nordstrom brothers in their first store in Seattle, in the shoe department, an experience which would define his professional future and what would become his life's work. He often spoke fondly of those early years.

Robert was know as "Bob." He was a quiet man and a gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humor and laughter, and was known for his generosity and unfailing belief in the basic goodness of everyone and everything around him.

He married Sarah "Sally" Patten on Sept. 27, 1943, in La Grande. Together they would build a life which spanned nearly 59 years of marriage — in Seattle, Walla Walla, Wash., and in Baker City.

As the owners of Powers' Family Shoes, Bob and Sally realized a personal and professional dream, and their store was a Baker City fixture for about 25 years. Bob loved selling shoes, which he had done for at least 50 years, and he always said if he could have had the opportunity, he would have loved to have done it for another 50 years.

Bob took great pride in his customers and in meeting any challenges or special needs that they required. He loved his customers and took great pleasure in each day at his store; he truly loved his professional environment.

Bob's style of old-fashioned service — where the customer was a first priority entitled to courtesy, a quality product, excellent service and total satisfaction — was remembered by several generations of families and individuals in his lifetime who would express their appreciation both to him and his family throughout the years.

Upon retirement, Bob and Sally enjoyed traveling throughout Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and the California coast visiting friends and family.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sally; his daughter, Colleen and three grandchildren: Sarah, Shafiq, and Ajira, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; his last remaining sibling, Erna Lassegard of Eugene; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members throughout Oregon and South Dakota.

Memory may be made to Pathway Hospice or St. Francis de Sales Cathedral through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Ellen Hansen

Mary Ellen Holman Hansen, 70, a former Baker City resident, died June 30, 2002, of cancer.

Mary was born on Oct. 6, 1931, at Baker City to Rosely Kirby and Amos Robinson. She was raised by her grandparents, Beatrice and "Buff" Baldock of Baker City. She has a surviving brother, Dennis E. Kirby of Clackamas.

In her early years in Baker City, Mary worked for the Red Cross as a swimming instructor and lifeguard for 18 years, teaching the children of the community to swim.

She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon at Eugene in 1953. She taught in secondary schools for 34 years, retiring from Castro Valley High School in 1987.

Mary then moved to Reno, Nev., and once settled, she immediately started serving the community. She served on these boards and commissions: Sun Valley Landowners Association, Sun Valley Citizens Advisory Board, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, Washoe County Parks Commission, Looking Fine in '99 and cabinet member of the Sun Valley Teen Center.

Mary often was assisted in these efforts by her best friend, Shirley Gieck. Mary will be missed by all who loved her.

For her accumulated efforts, Mary was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award and the Silver Star. Sun Valley citizens and children enjoy the fruits of her tireless dedication: Sun Valley Boulevard bike lane, Community Center, Teen Center, Beautification of Sun Valley Schools and Seventh Street Park.