Obituaries for Jan. 17, 2014

Written by Baker City Herald January 20, 2014 09:29 am

Donald Cole

Baker City, 1939-2013

Donald Austin Cole, 74, of Baker City, died Jan. 4, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. There will be a lunch reception afterward at the church.

Don was born July 17, 1939, in a logging camp just outside Crawford, Colo., to Rolland and Irene Cole. His family moved to Baker City when he was 3. He was a drum major for the Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps and a 1957 Baker High School graduate. 

He was awarded a math and science scholarship to Eastern Oregon State College where he earned his degree in education. He also was the Mountaineers’ drum major.

He married Carolyn Chadwick of Baker City in 1959 and they had three sons: Randy, Rick and Rod. After teaching for three years at Heppner, the family moved to the Milwaukie area in 1964 where Don continued to teach school and to further his education. 

He earned his master’s degree in education as well as administrative and counseling certificates from Portland State University. His first administrative position was with a small, one-school district at Three Links near Estacada where he was superintendent, principal, half-time teacher, as well as substitute bus driver and sports coach when needed. 

The family moved back to Heppner in 1971 where Don was the elementary/middle school principal for 20 years. He served as the 1989-90 Oregon Elementary School Principals Association president and retired in 1991 after a dedicated 30-year career in Oregon public education.

Don continued to advocate for kids after his retirement and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for vulnerable children. He was a member of the Heppner Lions Club and also was a lifetime member of the Heppner Elks Club. 

He was active in the Heppner Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Committee, Umatilla United Way, and COSA (Confederation of Oregon School Administrators). He was a certified ROPES Course facilitator, which promoted team building for both youth and adults. 

In 1991, Don married Glenda Hallgarth Elskamp, originally from Baker City. They lived at Hermiston for 11 years during which time Don spent the better part of two years helping to construct the Harvest Church where they attended. The couple found their way back to Baker City in 2002 after Glenda’s retirement and enjoyed retirement, friends and family.

Don served on the Community Connection Senior Services Board and represented education on the Baker County Senior Council. He also volunteered for Pathway Hospice, Bread of Life Food Bank, belonged to the ROF Club and served in numerous ministries at Baker City Christian Church, which he also helped build. 

He could frequently be found supporting many sporting, music or other community events, doing the jitterbug with Glenda or walking the Leo Adler Pathway. He was an avid hunter and felt at home in the hills and mountains around both Morrow and Baker counties. He also enjoyed fishing and above all, being with family, especially the grandkids.

Don had a welcoming smile and a kind spirit, family members said.

“His lot in life was helping people, especially families and children,” they said. “He had a sixth sense of who needed help and would be the first to lend that helping hand. He was a man of strong faith and will be greatly missed.”  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce Kerns of Baker City; and brother, Bill Cole of McMinnville. 

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Cole of Baker City; brother, Lloyd Cole, and his wife, Midge, of Palm Desert, Calif.; sons and their wives, Randy and Jean Cole of Hoquiam, Wash., Rick and Claire Cole of Davis, Calif., and Rodney and Mindy Cole of Portland; stepson, Chris Elskamp, and his wife, Paula, of Clarkston, Wash.; step-daughter, Michele Cooper, and her husband, Rick, of Beaverton; and 12 grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 26. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Christian Church or the Heppner Elks Lodge 358 11th Hour Club, which helps to support families of fallen Elk members, through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Kain Cardenas

La Grande, 2013-2014

Kain Alexander Cardenas, 7 months, of La Grande, died Jan., 8, 2014, at Doernbecher Hospital in Portland. 

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 42171 Chico Road, in Baker City. Pastor Tony Brandon will officiate. There will be a reception at the church after the service.

 Kain was born on May 16, 2013, at Baker City to Jeffrey Kain Cardenas and Trisha Franke. Kain was named after his father.

From the day of his birth, Trisha planned her days between her work and her baby.  Kain would wake up in the morning and watch “Planet 51.” His favorite character on that show was Rover and he would just laugh and laugh, his family said.

Kain watched Planet 51 in the mornings and during his lunch. He was a fast crawler and he would go everywhere at a fast speed. He loved lemon, pizza, sweet potatoes and tortillas. Trisha would take pictures of Kain every day because she did not want to miss anything.

Kain would make every person smile, bringing joy to everyone who looked at him.  His laugh made everyone’s day and his smile was worth a million dollars. Trisha and Jeffrey will miss his kissy face more that anything.

“You loved his laugh, you loved his smile, you loved his everything, you loved your child,” his parents said.

Survivors include his father, Jeffrey Cardenas of Baker City; his mother, Trisha Franke of La Grande;  his grandfather, James Cardenas, his grandma, Jeni Hyatt, and great-grandparents, Jim and Lori Dunn, all of Susanville, Calif.; his grandmother, Peggy Franke, and his grandfather, Mike Crane, both of Baker City; great-grandparents, Wanda and John  Brunecz  of Portland; his aunts, Brittany Franke and Amanda Taylor, of Victor, Mont.; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Steve Weeks; a cousin, Brian Stephens; and great-greatgrandparents, LaVerne and Marjorie Stubbs and Dan and Diane Elkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kain’s Memorial through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR.  97814.