April 24, 2002 11:00 pm

Donna Bolen

La Grande


Donna Marie Bolen, 70, of La Grande, died March 22 in Boise.

A service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with the Rev. Frank Cooke officiating. Committal and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Bolen was born March 1, 1932, to Merven and Blanche Hansen Mortensen in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School with the class of 1950. She lived in Emmett, Idaho, and Nampa, Idaho, for 26 years before returning to La Grande in May 1986. On July 20, 1986, she married Lee Bolen in La Grande. They co-managed the Stonewood Community.

She was previously married to Benjamin F. Hill Jr. and Gerald Tucker.

Mrs. Bolen was a member of the Beta Theta Sorority. Her motto was "Always have a dream.'' The love of her life was her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, needlepoint and other handicrafts.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Bolen of La Grande; children, Michael Hill of Oakland, Calif., Richard Hill of Pendleton, Terri Durham of Boise, and Julie A. Braithwaite of Nampa; step-children, Kevin Bolen of Union, Kelee Bolen of Sacramento and Paul Bolen of Lebanon; 14 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; brother, Bill Mortensen of Corona, Calif. and other relatives and friends.

An infant daughter, Cheryl Ann Hill, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Debra Romine

La Grande


Debra Diane Romine, 48, of La Grande, died March 21 at Grande Ronde Ronde Hospital of natural causes.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Don Lish conducting. Committal and interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery with Bob Harrold officiating. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Romine was born on March 17, 1954, to Howard and Evelyn "Cicero'' Lish Addison in Umatilla. The family moved to La Grande when she was 3. In 1972 she graduated from La Grande High School. She later attended Eastern Oregon University for a brief time before working in the Oregon Legislature for six months.

On Feb. 14, 1976, she married her high school sweetheart, Larry Romine in La Grande. She became a devoted mother and teacher, her family said. She home schooled for 18 years and took an active role in the local home school network and the Cub Scouts.

She taught piano lessons for many years. She was also a devoted wife and partner and a major volunteer for the United Transportation Union Local 473 where she helped with insurance, planning events and meetings and all other aspects of the union.

Mrs. Romine was an award-winning and nationally published poet and was a judge for the poetry competition at the Union County Fair.

She loved plants and animals of all types and often doctored sick or abandoned animals until they were ready to be on their own. She enjoyed living and loving.

Survivors include her husband Larry of La Grande; son, Zachary Oliver Romine and daughter Kalatchay Romine, all of La Grande; grandmother, Cleo Lish Farley of Seattle; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Her parents and her grandfather, Leslie M. Lish, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, 97850.


Betty Goyen

Frances Elizabeth "Betty'' Goyen, 91, of Elgin, died Monday at a care center in La Grande.

A graveside service and dedication of the grave will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Cemetery.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Fred Jarrard

Formerly of La Grande


Fred W. Jarrard, 72, of Milwaukie and formerly of La Grande died March 20 at his home. A graveside service was held Monday at Gethsemani Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Jarrard was born July 5, 1929, in Bend. He attended Greenwood Elementary and

La Grande Junior High schools, graduating from La Grande High School in 1947 where he was in the National Honor Society, and vice president, and during his senior year, president of the student body. In 1946 he attended Beaver Boys State, where top juniors study government, and was elected to the Blue Mountain All Star Basketball Team and was among the top scorers at the state basketball tournament. He went on to play basketball at Eastern Oregon College of Education on an athletic scholarship and married Patricia Chess in 1950 in La Grande.

He earned a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in 1954 and at the age of 28 established his own firm, now known as Jarrard, Siebert, Pollard and Company, one of the largest locally owned CPA firms in Oregon. He consulted with large businesses on large-scale mergers and acquisitions, and was an expert on the trucking industry.

Jarrard was an avid fisherman, back-roads adventurer, and Portland Trail Blazer fan. He enjoyed reading mystery and suspense novels and was a devoted father who shared his enthusiasm for life and the love of sports with his children.

Survivors include his wife of Milwaukie; his mother, Elizabeth Reynolds Jarrard Bray of La Grande; children, Aaron, Denise, Michael, Martha, Bill and Mary, all of Milwaukie; five grandchildren; and a sister, Yvonne Jarrard Daly of Little Butter Creek near Hermiston.

Two sons, Anthony and Frederick, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the La Grande High School boys and girls basketball programs through the La Grande School District, 2802 Adams Ave.

Betty Goyen



Frances Elizabeth "Betty" Goyen, 92, of Elgin died March 25 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 this morning at the Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Goyen was born Oct. 10, 1909, to Jeremiah B. and Grace Amanda Hockin Blake in Santa Rosa, Calif. She moved to Clarkston, Wash., in 1925, and finished nurses training in 1929 in Lewiston, Idaho. She married James Vernon Wickersham in 1932 in Reno. Later she married Walter Howard Goyen on May 26, 1944, in Clarkston, Wash. The couple moved to Elgin in 1946.

She was a nurse in Colfax, Wash., Lewiston and in private homes.

She was a member of the VFW auxiliary, serving as president for many years, volunteered in the VA hospital in Walla Walla, and since 1989 was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elgin. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and helping people.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Marjorie Nelson of Central Point and Sharon and John Stover of Elgin, seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Margie Lee Madison of Tacoma, Wash., and other relatives. Her husband, a son, Raymond H. Goyen, a brother, William Blake, and sisters-in-law, Emma Cass, Daphne Vanderbort, Hazel Blake, Florence Schooler and Grace Simpson all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Family History Center, P.O. Box 31 in La Grande.

Betty Johnston

Formerly of Union County


Betty Arolene Johnston, 80, of Troutdale and formerly of Union County died March 18 at the home of her niece, Pam Christian. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Summerville Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnston was born Jan. 27, 1922, to George and Nora Wise Crouser in Imbler. She was educated and worked in the La Grande area as a bookkeeper and moved in 1965 to Portland, where she continued in bookkeeping until her retirement in 1992. She married George Terry in 1960; he died in 1978. She married Dave Johnston in 1980; he died in 1986.

Survivors include her son, Michael Dee Crouser of Aberdeen, Wash., one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Orva Dexter

Orva Dee Dexter, 85, of La Grande died Wednesday at a local care center.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

General J. Pound

La Grande


General James Pound, 84, of La Grande and formerly of Coos Bay died March 21 at a local care center. A private celebration of life service will be held later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mr. Pound was born Jan. 11, 1918, to Newan Thomas and Minnie Leora Barnett Pound. He served in the Army as a medical corpsman during World War II.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Coos Bay, and served the church as a deacon for about 50 years.

He enjoyed beachcombing, fixing things, carpentry, children and going for drives along back-country roads.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Margaret and Bill Muir of Longwood, Fla., Carolyn Louise and Auldin Prescott of La Grande, and James and Leslie Pound of Pensacola, Fla.; siblings, Annie Cordelia Ward and Elizabeth Ward, both of Memphis, Texas, Eunice Ward of Hedley, Texas, and Samuel Pound of Rattan, Okla.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, Thomas Comb Pound, and sisters Ona Naoma Brown and Jessie Mae Nelson died earlier.

Elizabeth Houser

Formerly of La Grande

Elizabeth Houser, of Wasilla, Alaska, and formerly of La Grande, died Thursday at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage, Alaska. A funeral mass will be held later in the week. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.