Allan E. Espey


Allan E. Espey, 69, of Elgin, died Aug. 15 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Ronald L. Nash

Island City

Ronald L. Nash, 75, of Island City, died Aug. 17 at his residence. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Wilfred R. Daggett


Dec. 11, 1924- July 25, 2019

Wilfred R. Daggett was born in Wallowa, Oregon on December 11, 1924 to Roy and Emily Daggett. He died July 25, 2019 at his home in Eagle, Idaho with family beside him. Wilfred is survived by his wife of 44 years Sandra (Taylor) Daggett; son David (Mia) Daggett of Mililani, HI and their daughter Katy; daughter Joyce Raymond of San Diego, CA and her daughter Fay Raymond and son Jessy (Emi) Raymond and their daughter Junni; daughter Shelly (Rob) Walters of Boise, ID and their daughter Irene (Janssen) Hills and their daughter Grace, and son Bill Walters; daughter Jeanie Story of Joseph, OR and her son Wil Story and daughter Annie Story; and daughter Becky (Casey) Best of Cove, OR and their daughters Emily Best and Allie Best. Wilfred is also survived by his sister, Catherine DeBoie of Joseph, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wilfred graduated from Joseph High School in 1942, after which he attended Eastern Oregon College for one year. Wilfred married Beverly Wagner, in 1945. They were married for 28 years. Wilfred and Sandra were married in 1975.

Early in his youth he was a postal carrier on the upper Imnaha. His real education was during the 15 years after college working in the woods where he became a partner with his father Roy in the Daggett Logging Co. They sold the logging company in June of 1955. Wilfred then began a life of ranching and investing. He was a partner in Daggett Sprinkler Co. and Daggett Hereford Ranch with his father Roy. Later in life, Wilfred worked in real estate and property management. He developed properties in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

What Wilfred loved the most was spending time outdoors: fishing, hunting, mushrooming, huckleberrying, and picnicking with friends and family. Many fond memories are shared with his family on Sheep Creek, camping in the upper Imnaha, floating the Imnaha and Wallowa Rivers, and vacationing on the Oregon and Washington Coasts. Wilfred and Sandra in later years enjoyed traveling abroad and spending winters in LaQuinta, CA.

Wilfred was a member of the Joseph Masonic Lodge, Al Kader Shrine, Enterprise Elks Lodge and Wallowa County Cattlemen’s Association. He was President of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers in 1962 and 1963. He was past board chairman of Rainbow Girls, and a past president and secretary of the Wallowa County Shrine Club. He was very fond of the children at the Shrine Hospital and was an Emeritus Member of the Board of Governors of the Shrine Hospital in Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to Treasure Valley Hospice, 8 6th St N, Nampa, ID 83687, or Shrine Hospital Portland Unit, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland, OR 97239.

George “Doug” McDaniel

September 12, 1935 - August 15, 2019
George “Doug” McDaniel, 83, passed away peacefully on August 15th at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 12, 1935 in Wallowa, as the youngest son of Lawton and Florence McDaniel. The Wallowa Valley has been Doug’s home for over 83 years; as it has been the home of the last four generations of his family. His lineage goes back to one of the original founding families who settled in Wallowa County. He resided in Lostine, Oregon.

Coming from a humble beginning, Doug began working at age 13, putting in 30 hours a week at a local dairy farm. From an early age, he demonstrated work ethic that was unparalleled. He graduated from Wallowa High School in 1953 and worked as a logger from the ages of 17 to 30, all while attending classes at Oregon State University. Over the course of his life, Doug was a successful entrepreneur, starting five companies and was also directly involved in many different business endeavors. In 1965, on a foundation of only two chainsaws, a rented 1955 Chevrolet station wagon, and less than $3,000, he started DMcD Corporation. With unwavering effort and determination, he transformed the company from a small logging operation into a respected company employing over 100 people. After leaving the logging and construction industry, Doug owned and operated a successful cattle business that he ran on the old B & H Ranch located on 7,300 acres on Chesnimnus Creek in a remote area of Wallowa County. Embracing a work ethic that can be characterized as “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”, he exemplified to our family time and time again what it meant to work your hardest and be proud of what you could accomplish with only your two hands and some of that unique brand of McDaniel stubbornness and determination.
Ever the outdoorsman, Doug had a love of many outdoor passions including hunting, fly fishing, hiking, skiing, and drift boat adventures. He was always happy to share his love of the outdoors with friends and family alike, usually out-performing us all. This love of natural environments translated into his fierce advocacy for natural resources management, as apparent by his role as one of the founding members of Wallowa Resources and 25 years of service with the organization. Complementary to his role and involvement at Wallowa Resources, he took every opportunity to educate himself and others regarding the vital importance of sustainable land management practices. Doug was so passionate about his natural environment, for a land that he knew like the back of his hand and loved so well, that he pioneered an ambitious river restoration project. Every step of the way, he saw to the implementation of the river project on his property and inspired others to implement the same type of stewardship project on their lands.
In addition to sharing his love and passion for the natural environment, Doug shared many other of his life’s pursuits with those he loved. He loved taking every opportunity to grab the hand of his cherished wife of 21 years, Gail Hammack, and pull her onto the dance floor. He also took every opportunity to learn more as he was always quick with a book recommendation and was known to buy multiple copies of books he felt were particularly impactful just so that he might share them with others. Quick-witted as he was, another favorite pastime of his was sharing in countless games of a McDaniel favorite card game known as “Oh Heck”, where he beat us all a majority of the time.
Doug was also passionate about giving back and encouraging our family to do the same. He set an example of commitment to the community as he and Gail hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner for over 20 years so that others would always have a place of light, love, and great food, to celebrate the holiday.
The impact he left on his family, community, and the land he loved so much is an everlasting and exquisitely beautiful testament to his life and what he stood for. While the inspiration of his life will live on in us and so many others that he impacted, we will all miss him dearly.
Doug was preceded in his passing by his parents, Lawton and Florence McDaniel; his stepmother, Claire McDaniel; his sister Donna Lee (John) Skovlin; his brother Keith (Noma) McDaniel; and his daughter, Terri McDaniel. He leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Gail Hammack; his brother Richard (Nan) McDaniel; his son Todd McDaniel, granddaughter Ashlee (Matthew) McDaniel, and grandson Austin (Jacque) McDaniel; daughter Darcy (Carl) Luer and granddaughter Hannah Luer; his son Mike (Tammie) McDaniel, granddaughter Haley (Jesse) McDaniel, and great-grandson Oliver Keim; his son Patrick (Katrina) McDaniel, granddaughter Kendra McDaniel, grandson Braden McDaniel, and grandson Douglas McDaniel; Grandson Josh (Denise) Harris; Granddaughter Kyra Harris, great-grandson Ben Upward, and great-granddaughter Natalie Upward; his stepson Thomas Johnson(Cindy), granddaughters Abby and Cait Johnson, and grandson David Beckham; his Sister in Law, Noma McDaniel; and his daughter in law, Sandy McDaniel.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at Beth Johnson Room at the Wallowa Elementary School, August 31st, starting at 1:00 PM, with a catered lunch to immediately follow at the Wallowa Senior Center at 2:30.
The family would request that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Doug’s memory may donate to Wallowa Resources, the Wallowa Buddhist Temple, or the Florence and Lawton College Scholarship Fund at Wallowa High School.