Obituaries for March 17, 2014

By Baker City Herald March 17, 2014 08:30 am

‘Matt’ Gwin

Baker City, 1952-2014

Carl Mathew Lee Gwin of Baker City, known to his friends as “Matt,” died March 12, 2014.

A celebration sharing stories and memories of Matt will be at Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City on Tuesday, April 15, at noon.

Matt was born on July 27, 1952, at Grass Valley, Calif., to Mary E. and John B. Gwin.

Matt truly enjoyed music, especially traditional blues, himself being an accomplished harmonica player. He enjoyed walks with his dog, Sledge, rain or shine and you could often find them out for a walk.

Matt loved old collectibles, and could often be found looking for treasures at yard sales and local thrift stores. He looked forward every year to hunting mushrooms with his family, and fishing along the Powder River. Matt always had a joke for the day, or some bit of factual trivia to share with family and friends. One of his favorite poets was Robert Service. One of his favorite sayings was “Never mistake kindness for stupidity.”

When he was home he could almost always be found “widdling” a piece of wood or “puttering” around the yard. His favorite time of year was summer, and he was baffled as to why anyone would want air conditioning. He could brighten anybody’s day with his quick wit and charming smile, family members said.

“He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. We will forever hold dear every memory of him, each holding a special place in our hearts,” they said.

Survivors include his daughter, Crystal Anne Webb of Willow Creek, Calif., and her children, Hannah, Eva and Loren; his son, Lucas Buddy Lee Gwin; his mother, Mary E. Minton-Mather; his brother, Clyde V.  “CV” Gwin  and CV’s partner, Terrie Lynn George, and his cousin, Ray Thompson, all of Baker City.

Memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses may be made to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Carolyn Carlton

Portland, 1942-2014

Carolyn Evelyn Carlton, 71, died Feb. 25, 2014, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She was surrounded by her children at the time of her death.

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Rebekah Hall on 32nd and Holgate in Portland.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Oregon and Utah. She enjoyed crafts,  such as crocheting and knitting on plastic canvas. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, John E. Wilson of Baker City, who died on Dec. 2, 1979; her mother, Evelyn M. Eckley Rice of Union, who died on June 10, 2003; her brother-in-law, Henry J. Hoffman of Baker City, who died on Jan. 26, 2009; and nephews, Jeffrey W. Hoffman of Baker City, who died on Sept. 11, 2012, and Mark McHargue, who died on Jan. 2, 1984.

Survivors include her husband, LaVern E. Carlton of Ontario; sons, Theodore L. Carlton of Sweet Home, Christopher L. Carlton of Salt Lake City and Clifford L. Carlton of Portland; daughter, Tammy K. Carlton-Perez of Gresham; grandchildren, Tabitha Tolbert (and her two children) of Gresham, Shandra Dryer of Gresham and Izik Perez of Gresham, Misty L. Bayliss (and her two children), of Buhl, Idaho, Khristen D. Newswander (and her two children) of Providence, Utah, Willow A. Hammon (and one child) of Pocatello, Idaho, Kyah R. Carlton of Eagle, Idaho, and Nicholas B. Carlton of Pocatello, Idaho; Camille A. Pace of Pocatello,  Idaho, ex-wife of Christopher L. Carlton; and Casey Perez, husband of Tammy K. Carlton; sisters, Ervina J. Hoffman of Baker City, Lanette and Bob Theroux of Mesilla Park, N.M., Shirley K. Taylor of Baker City, Sharon and Boyd Abels of Glennallen, Alaska, and Kathy and Jack Kelly of Olathe, Kan.; brother, Dallas Wilson of Baker City; and many other relatives.