Obituaries for the week of Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, 2003

August 15, 2003 12:00 am

Roderick Wright

Roderick Wright, 58, of Tucson, Ariz., and a former Baker City resident, died July 22, 2003.

His funeral was July 26 at Desert Sunset Funeral Home at Tucson.

Roderick was born Aug. 31, 1945, at Ontario to James and Opal McClellan Wright. Growing up he worked in the family bee business, producing and distributing honey. He was a 1964 graduate of Baker High School.

He joined the U.S. Army and later served in the National Guard. He was a graduate of Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande. He taught and coached in the Wallowa School District for 15 years. He taught many grades and subjects, including art, but particularly enjoyed his earth science lectures and had a wonderful collection of rocks and minerals.

In 1987, he moved to Eugene and continued teaching science at Cottage Grove High School until his retirement. He received his master's degree in education from Portland State University in 1994.

Being an athlete, Roderick enjoyed and participated in many fun runs and marathons. He also enjoyed hiking with his friends in the Wallowa and Cascade mountains.

He also enjoyed traveling and exploring geology in other states. He fell in love with Arizona and moved to Tucson in 2001. He was a member of the Tucson Museum of Art, Desert Museum and the Botanical Gardens. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing southern Arizona with friends and family who came to visit. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man with a sweet spirit who had a wonderful influence.

Survivors include his loving wife, Susan; and daughters, Kyra of Seattle, Wash., and Melissa of Richland, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to Faith Academy, 2551 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ 85741.

Lydia Haslam

Lydia Haslam, 89, of Pilot Rock, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2003, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.

Her funeral was Aug. 5 at St. Helen's Catholic Church at Pilot Rock. Interment was at the Pilot Rock Cemetery.

Mrs. Haslam was born on Sept. 22, 1913, at Baker City to Belgian immigrants, Alfonse and Irma Delepierre. She grew up in the Baker City area and was a graduate of St. Francis Academy at Baker City.

She married Daniel Homer Haslam on Sept. 3, 1933. He died in 1982.

Mrs. Haslam was active in St. Helen's Catholic Church at Pilot Pock and also at the Pilot Rock Senior Center.

She loved get-togethers with her extended family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlight of her later years.

It was said she would be remembered throughout the area for her "secret recipe" ham sauce, which she generously shared with everyone. Her hand-crocheted and embroidered items were said to be treasured reminders of her creative skills.

Survivors include her children, Cheri, and her husband, Steve Janke of Pilot Rock, Annette, and her husband, Edward Arrieta of Lake Oswego, and Richard, and his wife, Marie Haslam of Pilot Rock; grandchildren, Dan Haslam, Lauri Hummell, Scott Haslam, Kellie McKague, Joni Robbins, J.D. Harrison, Michael Harrison and Sherri Roy; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters and brothers, Hilda Lewis of Milwaukie, Marcel Delepierre of Haines, Jeanette Beck of Baker City, Al Delepierre of Portland, Louise Stewart of McCall, Idaho, Loretta Cook of Baker City, Ernie Blair of John Day and Gerard Blair of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Homer Haslam in 1982; her parents, Alfonse and Irma Delepierre; a son, Daniel Haslam in 1988; a grandson, Monty Haslam in 1998; and a sister, Mary DeRoest in 1988.

Arrangements were under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.

Timothy Porter

Timothy Porter, 30, of San Antonio, Texas, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 7, 2003, at San Antonio.

His memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Windcrest United Methodist Church in San Antonio.

Tim was born at Colorado Springs, Colo., on Nov. 18, 1972. He moved to Baker City with his family when he was a year and half old. He attended grade school through junior high and part of high school in Baker City. He wrestled in junior high and high school before moving to San Antonio. He was a 1991 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

He loved sports and hunting and fishing. He married Kerry Reid at San Antonio on Dec. 28, 1991. They had two children, Dylan, now age 11, and Taylor, age 9.

Tim and Dylan were very active in sports. They loved going to ball games and Nascar races. Tim served on the Little League Board and was a member of Windcrest United Methodist Church. He was a dedicated and loving husband and father. He was always there for his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Kerry; his son, Dylan; his daughter, Taylor; his mother, Margaret Porter; brothers, Randi, Billy and Robby and his wife, Cheryl; a sister-in-law, Carol; sisters, Nicki and her husband, John, Kandi and her husband, Ken, Tamara, Kricket and Shariah; an uncle and aunt, Jim and Terry Morlock; grandmother, Blanche Porter; many other aunts, uncles and cousins; nephews, Andrew and Jacob; nieces, Kelly, Ashley and Arynn Porter.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Tammy; his father, Billy R.; two grandfathers; two grandmothers; and a stepgrandfather.