Obituaries for Monday, Jan. 6

By Observer staff January 06, 2014 09:48 am

Kathleen Carper


Kathleen Carper, 58, Union, died Thursday at a Boise hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of her care and arrangements.

Lois Robbins

La Grande

Lois Robbins, 79, of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at a local care center. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be handing the arrangements.

Carol Jean (Hansen) Boynton

Formerly of La Grande


Carol Jean (Hansen) Boynton, 70, died Dec. 18 at her home in Bend. There will be no services.

She was born Feb. 13, 1943, in La Grande to Elmer C. and Helen G. Hansen.

Carol graduated from La Grande High School in 1961 and from the University of Oregon in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. 

She married Alfred G. Shirtcliff in February 1967 and later married Fredric R. Boynton in October 1980 in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was most recently employed at Central Oregon Community College, where she retired in 2009. 

She enjoyed music, theater, camping and computer solitaire games.

She was preceded in death by both parents and husband, Fredric. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Sally Hansen of Beaverton, and stepchildren, Robin Nelson of Idaho, Terry Boynton of Colorado, Kevin Boynton of Texas and David Boynton.

Mildred Evelyn (Makin) Fisher

Formerly of Enterprise


Mildred Evelyn (Makin) Fisher, 94, died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2013. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home with fellowship to follow at the Cloverleaf Hall and family interment at the Enterprise Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Imnaha. Mildred married Cecil Fisher on May 21, 1938. They were married for 54 years before Cecil died in 1993. They helped operate the family farm in the Leap area for several years, then moved to Enterprise in 1948. She lived there until 2012, when she moved to her daughter’s home in Huntington. 

Mildred and Cecil raised two daughters, Evelyn Tautfest and Claudia Gasser. 

Mildred was employed at the Enterprise School District for several years as an assistant cook.

She was a member of the local AARP group and the local Good Sam Club (Little Swiss Rovers).

She loved gardening, canning her own fruits and vegetables, and working in her yard. When she wasn’t working in the yard or canning, she was relaxing in her chair and always had an embroidery or crochet project going. 

During the summer months, you could always see her grandchildren playing in her yard or hopping in the pickup with the trailer house hooked behind heading out to go camping for the weekend.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Claudia Gasser; son-in-laws, Richard Gasser and Ed Tautfest; five grandchildren, Rick Gasser of Eugene, Brenda Coggin of Molalla, Sandra Stafford of Molalla, Dan Tautfest of Tacoma, Wash., and Debbie Scott of Sherwood; 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

She was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed, family members said.

Mildred is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Makin and Murl (Simmons) Makin; all of her siblings, Elsie Makin, Iva Prince, Kelsie Makin and Gean Makin; her husband, Cecil Fisher, and her daughter, Evelyn Tautfest.

Jack Keith McClaran



Jack Keith McClaran, 87, died at his home in Enterprise Dec. 27.

Jack was born April 18, 1926, in Wallowa. 

Jack was born to a ranching family in the rugged northeast corner of Oregon. The area where he grew up was so remote, he traveled by boat down the Snake River, through Hells Canyon, to attend school. He graduated from Lewiston, Idaho, High School in 1944. He developed his lifelong passion for sports during his high school years. Summers, he returned to the ranch and tended sheep in the Wallowa Mountains and Imnaha canyons.

He joined the Army in the fall of 1944. He was discharged from the European Theater, as a tank commander in 1946.

He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1950. Jack met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Lampman, while attending the University of Idaho.

Jack, Marjorie, his brother Joe, and Joe’s wife, Eve, returned to the family ranch, in partnership, with their parents (Joe and Lorene). Together, they continued to develop and grow the McClaran Ranch.

Jack loved interactions with his family and community. He found time to serve in a variety of community roles, such as chair of a federal grand jury, Imnaha and Enterprise school boards, Enterprise City Council, leadership in Wallowa County and Oregon Cattleman’s associations and a founding member of the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Jack’s response when asked what drew him to the Snake River canyons?

“There’s something in certain kinds of people that seek out remote, challenging, wild areas where they can be their own decision-makers” 

Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie (Lampman) McClaran; three grown children, Christine McClaran, Katharine McClaran and Scott McClaran and daughter-in-law, Vicki McClaran; grandchildren, Betsy Combes, Sara Combes, Clint Combes, Jill McClaran, Beth McClaran and Maggie McClaran, and great-grandchild Akayla Combes Moens.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe W. McClaran; mother, Lorene (Richards) McClaran, and brother, Joe W. McClaran Jr.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wallowa Memorial Foundation or a charity of choice.