Donn Willey

John Day, 1953-2018

Timothy Donn Willey, 64, died Jan. 25, 2018, at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day with his family at his side. He had been courageously battling metastasized melanoma for more than two years.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Grant County Fairgrounds pavilion.

Donn was born on Aug. 24, 1953, at Blue Mountain Hospital in Prairie City. He was the second of five sons born to Robert and Jean Willey of John Day. He attended local schools, graduating from Grant Union High School in 1971.

On March 4, 1972, Donn married Michelle Houpt. Together they raised four children.

He was a loving husband and father, and was always eager to spend time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He was known as “Papa Donn” by many.

He enjoyed mushrooming, fishing, hunting, camping and picnicking. After dark he loved to watch the night sky. Motorcycling was a favorite activity, logging many miles on two wheels.

From his early teen years Donn played in numerous bands, from rock and roll to worship music, and most recently, a local jazz combo. He was a gifted musician playing guitar or bass guitar and enjoyed the camaraderie of the band.

He loved playing music as an offering to God and encouraged others to join in an attitude of praise and worship.

With support from local church groups and individuals Donn built and managed KGNR “Good News” radio station, where he worked for more than 30 years. In addition, he served on the John Day City Council for nine years, and was an elder at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Donn loved to serve, and was passionate about using his gifts for good, especially in matters important to him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Willey; and his infant daughter, Dawn Willey.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Willey; his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Melissa Delgado, of John Day; daughters, Laura Scott (Kenny) and Hannah Willey of Prescott, Arizona; son, Tim Willey (Ashley) of La Grande; five grandchildren: Melanie Delgado, Olivia Delgado, Aiden Willey, Loren Willey and Lizzy Willey; and his great-granddaughter, Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 139 N.E. Dayton St., John Day, OR 97845. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalley

Martin Lightfoot

Pendleton, 1934-2018

Martin E. Lightfoot, 83, of Pendleton, died Jan. 30, 2018, at a care center.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City at noon Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Martin was born on July 24, 1934, at Payette, Idaho, to Dick and Julia (Nelson) Lightfoot. On February 14, 1998, he married Vivian Rozumny.

Survivors include his uncle, Lester; nieces, Shirley Hileman and Marion Schuening; nephew, Charles Storm; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; and a sister, Hazel Storm.

In lieu of flowers, Martin asked that donations be made to the First Christ ian Church of Pendleton or to a charity of one’s choice.