Oct. 27, 1918 - April 16, 2003

Charles Guy "Chick" Talbott Jr., 84, of John Day died April 16 at Blue Mountain Hospital.

He was born Oct. 27, 1918, at Juliaetta, Idaho, to Charles Guy and Bessie (Cannon) Talbott. He was a descendant of the Talbotts that arrived in America in 1634. Many of his ancestors were named Charles, including one who was a sergeant in George Washington's army at Valley Forge. Six of his ancestors died in the Civil War, including his great-grandfather.

He was educated at Potlatch, Idaho, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, baseball and basketball. In 1935, he graduated at the age of 16. He attended the University of Idaho at Moscow and played football and baseball.

On Sept. 9, 1939, Mr. Talbott married Evelyn Hordemann at Moscow, Idaho.

Mr. Talbott served in the United States Navy 1944-46. During World War II, he drove a landing boat at the Island of Samaar in the Philippines. He was discharged Jan. 28, 1946.

In 1947, he arrived in John Day and was employed at San Juan Lumber Company, working as sawmill foreman. After many years of service, he retired Oct. 28, 1980.

Mr. Talbott was a 55-year member of the American Legion, a lifetime member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1824, a member of the Blue Mountain Officials and served as commissioner for the Blue Mountain Basketball Association.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a sports official 1940s through the '60s and in later years was a loyal fan of Grant Union Prospector athletes.

Mr. Talbott is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Talbott of John Day; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Vernita Talbott of Hagerman, Idaho; two daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa Attridge of Bothell, Wash., and Judy and Mike Lenz of John Day; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Bea Garner and brother Richard Talbott.

A graveside service officiated by Pastor Duane Cheadle was held April 19 at St. Andrews Cemetery in Canyon City.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elks Eye Clinic, John Day Senior Citizens or the Grant Union High School baseball program.

Driskill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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