Obituaries for June 21, 2013

By Observer Upload June 21, 2013 09:35 am
Bloom, Clausen, Murphy, Higley, Johnson, Martin, Hubbard



Barbara Bloom



Barbara Bloom, 87, of Cove, died Thursday at the Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Linda Lee Petersen Clausen

Formerly of North Powder


Linda Lee Petersen Clausen, 73, of Bullhead City, Ariz., and formerly of North Powder, died Feb. 12 at her home surrounded by her loving husband and daughters. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.



Keith Murphy

La Grande


Keith Murphy, 86, of La Grande, died Thursday at a local care facility. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Lucinda Higley

Formerly of North Powder



Lucinda Higley, 55, of Spokane and formerly of North Powder, died May 7 due to complications from pneumonia and respiratory distress syndrome.

Cindy was born May 22, 1957, to Edward and Jessie (Davis) Cox in Baker City and was raised in North Powder. She attended Pendleton High School through her sophomore year and completed high school at Central Valley, after a family transfer to Spokane. 

Cindy completed a year at Washington State University and another at Spokane Falls Community College before landing her dream job at Spokane Valley Travel. During her 18-year career in travel, she advanced from receptionist, to corporate travel agent, to manager of the agency that employed up to 50 full-time agents. 

Cindy loved to travel, before deregulation of the industry, and took many “familiarization” trips around the country and the world: long weekends in New Orleans, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, lunch at Tavern on the Green, afternoon tea in London and adventures in Japan. Her favorite vacations were Las Vegas with girlfriends, Hawaii and aboard cruise ships.

It was as his travel agent that she met Tony Higley, and after a five-year courtship, they married. Cindy retired from the travel business in 1996 to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. 

Cindy loved Gonzaga basketball games, socializing and working out at the Spokane Club, volunteering at the valley food bank, quilting, dining out with family and entertaining friends. 

Perhaps her favorite times were spent at Spirit Lake over the last 30 years — Cindy loved water skiing, and teaching others to swim and ski. 

Cindy is survived by her husband of 30 years, Tony Higley; son, Jamie Higley; daughter, Kelsey Higley; mother, Jessie Cox; sister, Cathy Peplinski; a niece and nephew; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial was held in her honor on May 13 at Saint Aloysius Church in Spokane. In lieu of flowers, and to honor her memory, the family has established the Lucinda Cox Higley Memorial Scholarship fund at the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, 501 N. Riverpoint, Suite 203, Spokane, WA 99217.



Muriel Josephine Johnson




A memorial service will be held at the Lower Valley Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for Muriel Josephine Johnson, 98, who died June 18. 

Muriel was born April 9, 1915, in Madras to Merle and Ethel Strite. She attended schools in Wallowa County, graduating as valedictorian from Wallowa High School in 1932. After attending Portland Business College, Muriel worked as deputy Wallowa County clerk, then for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., and next for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland.

Muriel married Howard M. Johnson on Nov. 14, 1939. They were married for 67 years, until Howard died in 2006.

They lived in Wallowa, and during World War II, Muriel managed the Selective Service office in Enterprise. Later, she and Howard and daughter JoAnne moved to the Johnson family cattle ranch in Lower Valley, living and working there for 31 years.

In addition to being a ranch wife, Muriel was active in the United Methodist Women’s Organization and the Wallowa City Library.

Muriel enjoyed embroidery, reading, growing African violets and gardening. She was knowledgeable about the names of Wallowa County’s birds, wildflowers and plants. Her family remembers that she made the best apple and pumpkin pies.

Howard and Muriel built their retirement home in Wallowa in 1979. She used her organization and secretarial skills to help manage their HMJS Tree Farm. The tree farm won state and national recognition and is continuing today under the careful management of their descendants.

Muriel is survived by her sister, Maxine Gillingham of Spokane; her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnne and Craig Pubols of McMinnville; two grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the Alpine House staff and family and friends for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa City Library. 



Richard Perry Martin

La Grande



Richard Perry Martin died on June 2 in La Grande. No services are planned at this time. Final resting place will be at the Willamette National Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard was born Dec. 17, 1952, in Coos Bay to Jack Heath and Virginia Martin. He graduated from high school in Anaheim, Calif., where he enjoyed football and wrestling. He earned his bachelor of science in botany at California State University, Long Beach, Calif.. Richard served his country in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976. He lived in the communities of Tigard and Eagle Point before moving to La Grande.

Richard married Barbara Randall in 1982 while living in Tigard. He was employed as the maintenance supervisor for Tigard and Eagle Point schools.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and woodworking.

Richard is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Ginny of La Grande and Kalley (Brad) Seaquist of Meridian, Idaho; three sisters, Julie Sjolund of Bend, Joni Goodwin of Arlington, Texas, and Karen Tanski of San Bernadino, Calif.; three grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews. His father, Jack Heath, preceded him in death.



Donald Prescott Hubbard

Encinitas, Calif.



Donald Prescott Hubbard, 86, of Encinitas, Calif., who started Hubbard Ranch, which operated in Imnaha, Enterprise and Baker City, died June 6 with loved ones at his side in Encinitas.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be at the San Dieguito Methodist Church in Encinitas at 11 a.m. June 29. Burial will be at Fort Rosecrans.

Don was born April 7, 1927. He married his soulmate and the love of his life, Dorothy Palmer, in 1947 when he returned from service as a Merchant Mariner in World War II. Together they raised six children in his hometown of Encinitas.

In 1946, he started Hubbard Contracting with an old truck, a wheelbarrow and a shovel. It grew into a well-established company that installed a major portion of the water and sewer lines for northern San Diego County.

He got his pilot’s license in the 1960s and spent most his recreational time flying far and wide for adventure and business.

In the 1980s, he came to Eastern Oregon and fell in love with the area. Later, he started the Hubbard Ranch.

His family said he was well loved and highly respected for his kindness, fun spirit, sense of adventure and wisdom.

He is survived by his wife; children, Donald Hubbard Jr., Diana Collins, Susan and Sam Blalock, Sandra and Dennis Lee, Bonnie and Jeff Holmes and James and Janis Hubbard; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Hubbard Crimi and brother-in-law, Robert Crimi.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may sent to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation.