Obituaries for Sept. 20, 2013

By Observer Upload September 20, 2013 10:24 am
Crandell, Johnson, Maszk, 


Dennis Carl Crandall

Formerly of La Grande


Dennis Carl Crandall, 58, a longtime La Grande resident, died of cancer in Sumner, Wash., Sept. 16.

Services will be at the Latter-day Saints church, 512 Valley Ave., Sumner at
11 a.m. Sept. 28. 

Dennis was born March 17, 1955, in Burley, Idaho, to Merlene and Burgess Crandall Jr.

He served in the Marines.

He and his wife, Allison, were married May 18, 2002, in the Columbia River Temple in Richland, Wash.

Survivors include his wife and parents; daughter, Mickie; four stepsons, Chris, Zachary, Clayton and Zane; and siblings, Craig Crandall, Butch Crandall, Elisha Crandall, Steve Crandall, Jeff Crandall and Linda Townsend. 


Tom K. Johnson

Formerly of Wallowa


Tom K. Johnson, 93, died Sept. 12 in The Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles. 

Memorial services will be in the Wallowa First Christian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a graveside service at the Wallowa Cemetery. A military Honor Guard will conduct full military services.  

Following the burial, refreshments will be served at the Wallowa Senior Center.. 

Tom was born the seventh of nine children to Thomas Grover and Zora Johnson in their Wallowa home on Feb. 19, 1920. He was raised in Wallowa, and graduated from Wallowa High School in 1938, after which he worked at the local sawmill, pulling lumber on the green chain. He and his best friend, Bob Dougherty, later moved to Prineville and worked at a sawmill there for about a year. 

Tom attended Oregon State College in 1941. When the U.S. entered World War II, he volunteered for military service. In August 1942, he joined the Army Air Force and attended airplane mechanic school in Santa Monica, Calif., and flexible gunnery school at Buckingham AAF near Fort Myers, Fla., and was then assigned to active duty with the 92nd Bomb Group (“Fames Favorite Few”), 327th Squadron, stationed at RAF Alconbury Airfield in England, in June 1943.

Tom (they called him “Johnny”) served on five missions over Europe as a gunner/bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He and his crew were shot down twice. Ditching in the English Channel, their crippled B17 drifted into a mine field, and when shot down in the North Sea, one of the two life rafts failed to inflate, leaving half the men, including Tom, in the ocean hanging onto their buddies for more than 12 hours waiting for rescue.

For his service, in addition to his Airman Wings, he received the European/African Campaign Ribbon, and was also awarded a Silver Star.

Upon discharge from the Army in 1943, Tom spent several months on a sheep-shearing crew, working up the Snake River by boat from Pasco, Wash., to Lewiston, Idaho. He always said that was the most peaceful and enjoyable time of his life. 

In the fall of 1943, Tom returned to Oregon State College in Corvallis, where he met and married Peggy E. Buffum in 1946.  Tom earned his master’s degree in animal husbandry, and was primarily responsible for helping to eradicate the swine disease Atrophic Rhinitis. He continued post-graduate work at the OSC swine department while also shearing sheep for ranchers. Six of his eight children were born in Corvallis before the family moved to Sunnyside, Wash., in 1960. Tom built and managed the Western Farmers Association Research Farm on North Lester Road near Outlook, where his two youngest children were born.

After 17 years with WFA, Tom and Peggy moved to the Port District farm near Mabton, Wash., to manage the port wastewater system. They later purchased a home on Harrison Hill, and Tom was elected as a Port of Sunnyside commissioner and served in that role until 1990, when he returned to the Wallowa Valley to live the remainder of his life.

In Wallowa, Tom was an advocate for the Wallowa Senior Center, and played an instrumental role in bringing about its construction. 

Tom’s second wife, Marian, was his faithful companion, providing the eyesight he lost to a stroke in 1999 until she died in 2003. He later moved to the Oregon Veterans’ Home. 

Tom loved music and was an accomplished accordion player. His favorite accordion was his 1936 Hohner, which he bought when he was 18 years old, and played regularly for more than 50 years.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Grover and Zora Blanch (Burgett); five sisters, Ellen (Frank) Alander, Dorothy (John) George, Mildred (Spencer) Trump, Winona (Merritt) Holloway and Grace (Roy) Moores; and one brother, Joe B. (Elaine) Johnson.   

Tom is survived by his eight children: Judy Johnson, Janis Westbrook, Tom Johnson Jr. (Nikki), Bob (Debbie) Johnson, Joyce Johnson (Jim) LaBarber, Jim Johnson, Dan (Liz) Johnson and Peggy Sue Johnson; and 13 grandchildren.  Tom also leaves his first wife, Peggy Johnson, in Sunnyside; his seven great-grandchildren; his only surviving sister, Maybeth (Walter) Wilson in Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces, great-grand nephews and cousins.  


Teresa L. Maszk

La Grande


Teresa L. Maszk, 51 of La Grande, died Sept. 17 after a long battle with cervical cancer.  A memorial service for Teresa will be held at 

3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa was born in Olathe, Kan., on Dec. 12, 1961, to Orville and Bernice Mae (Opp) Miller. She spent the third year of her life in Trinidad, West Indies, while her parents did a year of mission work at a church school there. Returning to La Grande, she attended school here and at Judson Baptist in The Dalles. She graduated from
La Grande High School in 1980. On Sept. 25, 1981, she married Jon A. Maszk, and during his military years, they lived in North Carolina and Hawaii, where he was stationed. Returning to
La Grande, a son, Caleb Alan Maszk, was born to them.

Teresa and Jon later divorced, and Teresa developed a career of working for Safeway as their deli manager, a job she dearly loved. 

Survivors include her son, Caleb; parents, Orville and Bernice Miller; brother, Douglas Miller, and his wife, Juliet; grandmother, Mildred Miller; and several aunts and uncles.

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