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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 21, 2011


Obituaries for the day of September 21, 2011

Cockrell, Richard, Griffith, Sherod, Jensen



Vernon K. Cockrell

La Grande

Vernon K. Cockrell, 81, of La Grande, died Sept. 20 at a local care facility. A complete obituary will be published at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


Dennis J. Richard

La Grande

Dennis J. Richard, 64, of La Grande, died Sept. 20 at his residence. A complete obituary will be published at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


Terry E. Griffith

Formerly of La Grande


Terry Eugene Griffith, 53, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 19 at home. Arrangements are under the care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel.

Terry was born May 3, 1958, to Elmer and Velna (Boyles) Griffith in Seoul, Korea. He married Lisa Brant-Shelley in 1978 in La Grande.

Four years ago Terry and Lisa moved to Pendleton after living in La Grande for 29 years. He was employed as an apartment manager.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Griffith of Pendleton; children, Misty Griffith of La Grande and Anthony Griffith of Pendleton; one brother and three sisters; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Cancer Association in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton 97801. Go to www.pioneerchapel.com to send condolences.


David E. Sherod

Formerly of Wallowa County


David Eric Sherod, 50, formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 6 at home. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Enterprise, followed by internment in the Sherod plot at the Wallowa Cemetery at approximately 3:30.

David was born Aug. 21, 1960, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital to Earl Glenn and Judy Sherod. He graduated from high school in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where he was the school’s first two-time state wrestling champion. He also competed in high school rodeo.

In 1978 David attended Utah State University on a wrestling scholarship. After his first year he interrupted his education to serve a mission for his church. After returning from his mission, he graduated from Porterville Horse Shoeing School in California; then, functioning as a farrier, he paid his way through college, graduating in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture education from Coalinga University.

Despite having a degree in education and teaching, David decided that being a farrier was to be his life pursuit. He was good at what he did and was often called upon to work alongside veterinarians on difficult foot problems.

In 1984 David married Jocelyn Knight, and they later divorced.

David loved the rodeo life and was active in the PRCA for many years. He was first runner-up for Rookie of the Year in bareback riding, and was in the top 10 at the national finals in 1986. He won in bareback riding at St. Paul in 1988, Chief Joseph Days in 1989 and the Wilderness Circuit in 1994.  He served as a PRCA judge until last year.

Survivors include his parents, Earl and Judy; daughters, Brandi Moore, Shayne Haskell and Kaitelynn Hinsdale; and siblings, Cynthia Johnson of California, Melinda Sherod of Joseph and Errol, Aaron, Corey and Anthony Sherod of Utah.



Jackie L. Jensen

La Grande


Jackie Lowell “Jack” Jensen, 86, of La Grande, died of natural causes at Grande Ronde Hospital Sept. 16. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Gekeler Lane in La Grande. A viewing for family and friends will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, and from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 23 prior to the funeral service. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Known as Jack, he was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Torrance, Calif., to Niels Peter Jensen and Betty K. (Busch) Jensen. He was proud of his Danish heritage and spoke fluent Danish. He loved making traditional Danish specialties for meals and desserts.

Jack lived in Torrance until age 12, when his family moved to Payette, Idaho, where he excelled in high school track and field. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in World War II as a radar technician.

After the war, he moved to La Grande and with his father owned and operated La Grande Brick Co. He built the house in which he and his wife raised their six children, and he resided there until his passing.

Jack married Jean M. Hendrickson on June 28, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple at Salt Lake City. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, scout master, teacher, and Big Brother for troubled kids.

Jack and Jean owned Jensen Photography for more than 30 years and photographed many weddings in the area.

He was a teacher, inventor, scientist and theorist. In 1988, he was given by EOSC the Ron Rohweder Outstanding Public Service to Science award. In 1970 his love for science, astronomy and electronics led him to build several telescopes, an observatory and a planetarium. Many school classes and individuals came to his planetarium star shows and parties.

Jack’s favorite hobbies included a love of flying. He built numerous auto gyrocopters and airplane and enjoyed attending air shows with his aircraft. He also built several boats, which were much-used by his family.

Jack built a tractor to use at the brickyard. He rebuilt a little car called the King Midget that he drove to work and in many parades. He won numerous ribbons for his float entries in the Union County Fair parades. In the 1970s he built a successful mobile field burning machine, for which he held many patents. He also loved gardening.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Jorja Jensen Mitchell of La Grande, Chris and Connie Jensen of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Greg and Julie Jensen of La Grande, Judy and Tim Heaton

of Provo, Utah, Dan Jensen of La Grande and Shari and Rob Cornwall of Orem, Utah; siblings and their spouses, Jeana Spears of West Valley City, Utah, Paul and Loleen Jensen of Sandy, Utah, and Betty Lu and Wilber Anson of Boulder, Colo.; 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister, Carla Shirley, and a great-grandson, Matthew Kleiner.


The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center posts unedited obituaries at www.danielsknopp.com, and Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory posts obituaries at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.



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