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Obituaries: May 23, 2018

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Published on May 22, 2018 4:35PM

Otho Glen Laurance

Otho Glen Laurance

Otho Glen Laurance


April 4, 1929 - May 15, 2018

Otho Glen Laurance, 89, of Prairie City passed away May 15.

He was born April 4, 1929, in Prairie City to Clyde Alton and Emily Ferne (Savage) Laurance. He attended and graduated from Prairie City High School. After high school, he served four years in the United States Navy.

On March 10, 1951, Laurance married Sammie Lou Robertson in Knoxville, Tennessee. He worked as an upholsterer for Laurance Upholstery for 25 years and retired in 1991. He enjoyed gunsmithing, shooting guns, reloading and reading. He was a member of the Nazarene Church.

Laurance is survived by his son Gary (Jeanette) Laurance of Isla Mejures, Mexico; son Rick (Christel) Laurance of Sweden; daughter Joni (Bob) Warren of John Day; son Steve (Brenda) Laurance of Chino Valley, Arizona; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sammie Lou Laurance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

To leave a condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Alan Duane Hatley


April 26, 1941 - May 2, 2018

Alan Hatley passed away at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day on May 2, 2018. Alan was born on April 26, 1941 to Gwendola V. and Ralph G. Hatley in Baker City, Oregon. He grew up around Boring and Twickenham, and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1959.

Alan served in the United States Army from 1963-66. He married Etta Hunt on July 3, 1975.

Alan worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for 27 ½ years, retiring in 1998. Alan enjoyed fishing, hunting, crabbing, family drives through the forest, and weekend visits with family in Galena. Alan is preceded in death by his wife, Etta; his brother, Danny Hatley; and his stepson, Michael Ferrel. Alan is survived by his daughters, Melissa Hatley of Bend, Oregon and Lisa Hatley Nasr (Basim) of Bend, Oregon; son, Casey Hatley (Amy Spangler-Hull) of Monument, Oregon; stepdaughter, Michele Engle (Chad) of Monument, Oregon; and grandchildren, Jordan Hull, Alexys Hull, Jayce Hatley, Addison Hatley, Jayla Hatley, Sayla Nasr, Nico Nasr and step-grandchildren, Garrett Warner and Payton Warner.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge through Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day.

There will be a celebration of life, please come and share memories at 11am on Saturday June 9th in the Monument City Park, with potluck to follow at the senior center.

— Paid for by the family of Alan Hatley.


Margaret M. Collatt Weaver


Aug. 17, 1953 - Feb. 19, 2018

Margaret M Collatt Weaver 64, passed away Feb. 19 in Salem. She was born Aug. 17, 1953, in John Day to Buddie and Oradell Weaver. She considered Mt. Vernon her hometown.

She is survived by children Lester (Mary) Wall and Joann Wall; mother and stepfather Oradell and Claude Talley; brother Jim (Mary) Weaver; sisters Elaine Foster and Janet (Rick) Hylton; and lifelong friend Bruce Carlson.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. May 27 at the Mt. Vernon Community Center.



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