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Day: February 13, 2015

Group still looking to redo skate park


Of the Keizertimes

Plans to renovate the Carlson Skate Park at Chalmers Jones Park behind Keizer Civic Center are one step closer.

That doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed, however.

In November, Keizer’s Joe Bazan teamed up with the owners of Lincoln City-based Dreamland Skateparks and came to a Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting with a request for help in renovating the skate park, opened in July 1999 but maintained little since then.

The original request at the time was for $12,000 of the Parks Board’s matching grant program funding to help pay for the project. Then-chair Brandon Smith called for a decision to be postponed at the time.

In the time since that November meeting, Bazan has worked with former Parks Board member Jason Bruster to revise the request.

Thus, Bazan attended Tuesday’s Parks Board meeting and requested $5,000 in matching grant funds. That would be in addition to $25,000 Bazan hopes to raise in private cash or material donations, plus an estimated $2,800 in labor.

“We’re asking the Parks Board for $5,000,” Bazan said. “Jason Bruster explained it all to me how it would work.”

Parks Board member Richard Walsh wanted to make sure he understood the request.

“You’re asking, in summary, for $5,000,” Walsh said. “You’re representing that you will match with $25,000 in cash, materials and sponsorships. You’ll also have work value of $2,800. So Keizer citizens will receive a project worth $32,000.”

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, said the work would need to be done before the city pays project leaders the $5,000.

“The project needs to be completed before reimbursement,” Lawyer said.

Marlene Quinn, the Keizer City Councilor who serves as the council liaison to the Parks Board, pointed to an added benefit of the project.

“Remember that the price includes maintenance,” Quinn said. “The whole cost to the city would be $5,000 for redoing the whole thing and maintenance. In the October submission, the lady helping them, Danyel Scott, said this price includes maintenance.”

Even if more is spent down the road for maintenance, Quinn felt it was a worthwhile use of funds.

“This is still a pretty cheap project to us,” she said.

Bazan noted the maintenance hasn’t been done since 1999, which means the facility is hard to use. Skateboarders and bicyclists alike use the facility.

“The skate park hasn’t been kept up for more than a decade, so it’s in rough shape,” Bazan said.

In his revised November proposal, Bazan wrote about why he started what he’s calling Project Lift.

“Since I was 15 I’ve been going to the Carlson Skate Park or, in my opinion, a poorly made death trap,” Bazan wrote. “I can appreciate that we have a skate park and this is where I learned how to skate, but the problem is that you can easily get hurt for the fact that it hasn’t been maintained correctly and wasn’t built right. The point I’m getting at is it’s time to fix the Carlson Skate Park and also make it challenging for those who go.”

Bazan wrote that there are “cracks forming everywhere” and added the skate park wasn’t built correctly.

“The majority of the park has no real transition, a lot of obstacles weren’t positioned correctly and they added pointless things,” he said.

Lawyer said he wanted to see more specifics about the proposal.

“I need to know what the plan is,” Lawyer said. “I want to know what additions and repairs are being proposed. I need to know details. I want to make sure that is clear.”

Bazan’s proposal calls for work to start in August, with an estimated completion date of August 2016.

“That is two budget cycles from now,” Lawyer said. “I don’t think it is insurmountable. We need to mark that money and carry it forward. It’s something we’ll have to work through.”

A motion to move forward and commit the $5,000 to the project was approved unanimously by Parks Board members.

Bazan said he’ll have Dreamland get the design to Lawyer.

“That was an easy $5,000 wasn’t it?” Lawyer told Bazan with a grin after the funding was approved.

Afterwards, Bazan expressed confidence the necessary funds can get raised.

“We’ve raised a little under $200 so far,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get more donations. I will try my hardest to do it. I’ve been seeing injuries (due to the current design). A lot of people don’t like the park now.”

At district, Swimmers on the bubble

Davis McHugh swims the 500 freestyle in McNary’s last home meet two weeks ago.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Davis McHugh swims the 500 freestyle in McNary’s last home meet two weeks ago. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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The McNary High School swimming teams will have a fairly tough row to hoe when they head to the district meet Friday, Feb. 13, in McMinnville. It only proves what a difference a year can make.

“In last year’s league I would be certain we had a number of kids headed to the state meet, but with the additions of McMinnville, Forest Grove and West Albany, we have a lot more swimmers on the bubble,” said Casey Lewin, McNary head coach.

There is one advantage theatMcNary will have, the Celts had their last meet in McMinnville and got the chance to swim in the same pool where district titles will be up for grabs.

“The walls of the pool were a bit different and it was hard to adjust in the meet, but now we know what that will be like,” said sophomore Abby McCoy.

Lewin was thankful that the swimmers will have fewer “excuses” should they perform less than they expect of themselves. Both teams lost to the Grizzlies in the meet Tuesday, Feb. 10, but McMinnville brought a stacked roster of more than 70 student-athletes to the contest.

Outside the pool was also a different experience, said senior Anjelica Glassey.

“It’s a lot smaller and it’s going to feel smaller with all the teams crammed into it,” she said.

Tanner Hughes, Kiana Briones, Sara Eckert and Marissa Kuch will be a few of the names to look for on the leaderboard, Lewin said.

“Our relays are also starting to look a lot better because everyone is getting healthy,” Lewin said.

Glassey and McCoy expected big races from the distance swimmers.

“The ones in the 200 and 500 freestyle have had a lot of personal records recently. It seems like almost every week,” Glassey said.

While the girls have fared a bit better in regular meets this season, Hughes said the boys are focusing on performing well regardless of the outcome.

“We want to go out there and swim the best we can. Go out with confidence in each race and show them what McNary is all about,” said Hughes, a senior.

Swift reaction to governor’s resignation

Gov. John Kitzhaber
Gov. John Kitzhaber

Of the Keizertimes

There was a flurry of action and words this week as many in Oregon – particularly around the capitol building in Salem – waited to see if or when Governor John Kitzhaber would resign.

Following months of controversy surrounding fiance’ Cylvia Hayes and the contracts she secured, pressure steadily mounted for the governor to step down.

Kitzhaber finally caved in Friday, releasing a statement shortly past noon of his intentions to resign effective Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over as governor.

“I have always had the deepest respect for the remarkable institution that is the Oregon Legislature; and for the office of the governor,” Kitzhaber’s statement read in part. “And I cannot in good conscience continue to be the element that undermines it. I have always tried to do the right thing and now the right thing to do is to step aside.”

Reaction from Oregon leaders was swift and supportive on Friday, while also emphasizing the need to move forward.

“Governor John Kitzhaber has accomplished much for Oregonians in his 35 years of public service to our state,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek, who on Thursday had publicly called for the governor to resign. “As a physician, as a legislator and as our governor, he has been a distinguished leader. I support his decision to resign because it is the right decision for Oregonians.

“Moving forward, I will continue to champion the priorities we have shared in the areas of equity in educational outcomes, quality early childhood education and rural economic development,” Kotek added. “The Oregon Legislature will meet the challenges facing Oregon and stands ready to show that even in the most trying times, we are committed to doing the right thing for the people of our state.”

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, who had also called for the resignation on Thursday, referenced a quote from the late Steve Prefontaine about how giving anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

“I have been around long enough to know that the resignation of Governor Kitzhaber and the constitutional mandate for an election in 2016 will set off a flurry of speculation about what happens next,” Wheeler said in a statement. “There will be a time for politics, but now is not that time. In the coming days, Oregonians should pull together to support Governor Brown and her team in their efforts to bring stability to the governor’s office.

“I thank Governor Kitzhaber for his many years of service to our state,” Wheeler added. “I wish him the very best in the years ahead. Oregonians are a resilient people, and I am certain that we will emerge from this difficult period as a stronger and more unified state.”

Republicans such as Oregon House Republican Leader Mike McLane weighed in as well.

“Today is a sad day for Oregon,” McLane said. “I take no delight in John Kitzhaber’s resignation but understand his decision. House Republicans have remained focused on working for the people of Oregon and that’s where our focus will remain moving forward.”

Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli offered similar sentiments.

“This is an unprecedented situation for Oregonians,” Ferrioli said. “I expect our leaders to work together to lead a thoughtful transition that respects Oregon citizens. We need to restore trust and accountability with the governor’s office and the executive branch.”

State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum emphasized Friday’s resignation will not change the ongoing investigation into Kitzhaber and Hayes.

“Today is a sad day for Oregon,” Rosenblum said. “I want to thank Governor Kitzhaber for his service to our state. The governor’s decision to resign will not affect our ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of his and Ms. Hayes’ conduct. Oregonians deserve nothing less than a full and fair investigation of all the facts, as well as the opportunity to reach a resolution that will truly allow our state to move forward.”

Kitzhaber to resign

Photo courtesy Kitzhaber Facebook page
Photo courtesy Kitzhaber Facebook page

Of the Keizertimes

Gov. John Kitzhaber won’t finish the fourth term he just started.

Kitzhaber, who defeated Dennis Richardson in last fall’s election but has come under heavy fire since then for allegations centering around his fiancee Cylvia Hayes, announced on Friday he is resigning as Oregon’s governor.

Kitzhaber’s resignation is effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over as governor.

Friday’s announcement by the embattled governor caps off a whirlwind week of rumors and speculations around the state capitol building in Salem. On more than one occasion, there was talk Kitzhaber would resign, only to have a change of mind.

By Thursday, even some of Kitzhaber’s closest allies were calling for him to resign.

“It is with deep sadness that I ask Governor John Kitzhaber to resign his position as Governor of Oregon,” state treasurer Ted Wheeler said on Thursday. “He has accomplished many great things during his long career, and history will be kinder to him than current events suggest. Unfortunately, the current situation has become untenable, and I cannot imagine any scenario by which things improve. Oregon deserves a Governor who is fully focused on the duties of state. I hope the governor will do the right thing for Oregon and its citizens.”

Other prominent officials such as House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney made similar statements on Thursday.

Shortly past noon on Friday, Kitzhaber announced via a press release he is indeed resigning.

“I understand that I have become a liability to the very institutions and policies to which I have dedicated my career and, indeed, my entire adult life,” Kitzhaber’s statement read in part. “As a former presiding officer I fully understand the reasons for which I have been asked to resign. I wish Speaker Kotek and President Courtney and their colleagues on both sides of the aisle success in this legislative session and beyond. And I hope that they are truly committed to carrying forward the spirit of bipartisanship and collaboration that has marked the last four years in Oregon.”

Roundabout coming in July

A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, is scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road North. (Courtesy of American Public  Works Association)
A roundabout, similar to the one shown here, is scheduled to be constructed at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road North. (Courtesy of American Public Works Association)

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Another road project involving Chemawa Road and the state has been pushed back.

In this case, however, the delay is relatively minor.

While delays pushed back the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Chemawa Road reconstruction project a couple of years – it was finally completed late last year – a new roundabout at Chemawa and Verda Lane is still on track to be done this year.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, said Monday bids for the estimated $2 million project will be opened on May 21, with construction starting a few weeks later.

“The opening day for the bids will be May 21, with the first of July for the start of construction,” Lawyer said. “They are looking at September or early October for the project to be complete.”

The project timeline had called for bids to be opened in January 2014, with the project being done last summer. In the fall of 2013, the dates got moved back to November 2014 for bid opening, with construction this spring.

Last fall, a revised timeline called for bids to be opened in March, with a June start time for the construction.

The project received renewed attention in light of a date change brought to the Keizer City Council last month. The city had entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for right of way services last May, calling for right of way services to be completed by the end of January and the city’s obligation to be $27,832.

The revised agreement has the city’s portion now costing $33,575.09. More noteworthy, however, is the right of way deadline being pushed back to the end of 2017.

“Though this date seems overly far in the future, ODOT’s final acquisition of the property and transfer to the city can occur well after the project is finished,” the staff report read in part. “It is anticipated that the right of ways services will be complete by this date and that the project will be ready for construction.”

Lawyer said there is a need to acquire property for right of way for the project, with the amendment to the agreement ensuring ODOT can transfer title of the acquired property to the city.

“Having the 2017 date ensures the agreement won’t have to be amended again should there be some kind of hold up on transferring the property to the city,” he said. “The transfer of the property normally takes place after the construction is complete so the timeline is set farther out.”

Lawyer said on Monday the roundabout acquisition has to be certified two weeks before the bid opening date. Sidewalks will be included in the immediate vicinity of the single-lane roundabout.

Lawyer noted this project is being handled differently than the Chemawa reconstruction.

“This is a consultants project with ODOT oversight,” he said. “This is more typical of a grant-funded project. ODOT oversees the administration of the project and the acquisitions, but the actual design and construction is up to the consultant.”

“Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully” by Allen Kurzweil


Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully” by Allen Kurzweil

c.2015, New York University Press
$27.95 / higher in Canada
321 pages


You’ve bloodied your share of noses in your lifetime.

Whether they were yours or someone else’s, well, you can bet they weren’t ignored. Someone saw the first punch, the ripped shirt, the pulled hair. Somebody heard the shouting, crying, and thuds.  And, as you’ll see in the new book “Whipping Boy” by Allen Kurzweil, if you were the one who did the bloodying, someone will remember your name forever.

While most kids would never ask to be sent to boarding school, young Allen Kurzweil had been overjoyed at the idea. The school, Aiglon, was nestled in the Alps in an area where he’d once lived with his mother and his late father. Kurzweil had nothing but good memories of Switzerland, especially Villars, a nearby village, and his mother’s offer of spending sixth grade there was “better than Disney World.”

At just ten years old, Kurzweil was the youngest boy at the school, the smallest, and one of only a handful of Jews. “Strike” one, two, and three, he says: almost immediately after being assigned to a tower-room and four roommates, Kurzweil was a victim of bullying from a boy named Cesar who claimed he was from Manila.

For the rest of that school year, Cesar manipulated and controlled others, and tormented Kurzweil. The abuse, says Kurzweil, began with threats and anti-Semitic name-calling and escalated to physical beatings, burns, psychological cruelty, and theft of a cherished heirloom.

Once he left Aiglon, Kurzweil downplayed everything… but he never forgot.

Through the years, after he was married, after he’d become a father, Kurzweil still let his bully live in his head. He half-heartedly looked for Cesar occasionally, acknowledging that “the boy I can’t get a hold of still has a hold on me.” He researched, found names, dead-ended, put his quest aside, then searched some more. His wife, then his son, encouraged him to find the person whose abuse left a scar, but Cesar proved to be elusive – until a tiny clue was revealed.

Cesar, Kurzweil discovered, was still alive, still bullying, but his methods were more sophisticated, and that tormented Kurzweil further. He knew what he needed to do to heal: “By failing to confront Cesar,” he says, “I had failed to confront myself.”

And so, he boarded a plane…

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that every North American adult alive has dealt with a bully at some time or another. That universal experience and the accompanying pain are what make “Whipping Boy” such a good book.

And yet, this isn’t exactly the most comfortable thing you’ll ever read – in fact, it prickles with obsession. Author Allen Kurzweil doggedly pursued his tormentor for decades, and while that makes a great memoir with thrilling, spy-story undertones, it also becomes breathlessly distressing.

Then again, who hasn’t dreamed of re-facing a childhood nemesis?  Yep, and those confrontational scenarios make it impossible to look away from this tale, exactly because of its everyman aspect. Just know that once you start this book, you’ll squirm because “Whipping Boy” then can’t be ignored.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Money gap won’t deter the Big Toy

Richard Walsh has defended the job of the Big Toy fundraising committee in light of questions. The Big Toy is scheduled to be built June 10 to 14. (File)
Richard Walsh has defended the job of the Big Toy fundraising committee in light of questions. The Big Toy is scheduled to be built June 10 to 14. (File)

Of the Keizertimes

Four months can seem like a long time.

Not when there is still plenty left to get done in four months, however.

Such is the case with the Big Toy community build play structure project, set to be constructed June 10 to 14 at Keizer Rapids Park.

The Community Build Task Force met once again Feb. 3 for its monthly meeting.

While the need for a renewed emphasis on public relations (as mentioned in last week’s Keizertimes) was a hot topic, another topic was progress of the funding and the project overall.

For example, at one point Evan Christopher, who will be heading up the revamped PR effort, noted he would like to add supporting the fundraising committee.

Richard Walsh, co-chair of the fundraising committee, acknowledged there have been concerns about fundraising.

“We need to raise a couple hundred thousand more (dollars),” Walsh said.

Mark Caillier, project general coordinator, believes it can get done.

“I’m confident we’ll be okay, but we need to get going now,” Caillier said.

Later in the meeting, Walsh wondered what would happen if the full $416,509.80 wasn’t raised by the day community volunteers start putting the play structure together. More than $210,000 still needs to be raised.

“If we can’t raise enough overall, some things will have to be cut or we would need to get more from the SDCs (System Development Charges from the city),” Walsh said.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, made it clear cuts won’t be made.

“The city is committed to the project being done as designed,” Lawyer said. “We’ve committed to the completion of this project.”

Walsh came to the defense of the fundraising committee and took issue with a Jan. 30 editorial in this paper.

“It’s so disheartening to hear the Keizertimes editorial, which makes it sound like it’s not being successful,” an angry Walsh said. “We’ve raised more than $105,000 without the city’s SDCs, second most in parks history in Keizer. The only one with more was Keizer Rapids Park itself. And we’re not really in full swing yet. For people to think it’s not a successful campaign is ludicrous. The last big toy project (at Willamette Manor Park) raised $1,500 in 19 months. For the twist to be anything but (this project is successful), that is frustrating. We’ve raised enough to buy all the things for the project. We’ve had an outstanding fundraising campaign so far. We will raise the money. We have gotten several grants. People are starting to do this.”

The budget for the project through January shows a total of nearly $206,000 received, or 49 percent of costs raised to date. That includes the $100,000 in SDCs from the city, $80,600 in grants, $17,000 in component sales, $5,671 in cash contributions and $2,677.86 in fence picket sales, the last not exactly adding up since pickets are $35 each.

However, the $105,000 pointed to by Walsh includes some asterisks due to connections project leaders have with organizations. The sum includes $30,000 from Marion County; Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson is co-chair of the fundraising committee. Keizer Rotary is giving $25,600 to the project in the form of a grant plus $4,400 for components; general coordinator Mark Caillier and early project supporter Clint Holland – both Rotary members – made the pitch to the Rotary Board of Directors last year. The Keizer Parks Foundation gave $10,000; CBTF Marlene Quinn was an original KPF board member.

The cash contributions includes $2,171 from Keizer Parks and $2,500 from Walsh’s law firm. Some of the components were purchased by project leaders Kim and Ron Freeman ($1,800), Caillier ($1,000), Quinn ($900) and former mayor Lore Christopher ($900).

Once those connections are taken out, figures show less than $30,000 has been raised in two years, with $15,000 in the form of a Oregon Community Foundation grant.

After the Feb. 3 meeting, it was pointed out to Walsh poll results in the Jan. 30 Keizertimes showed more than 80 percent of respondents didn’t plan to contribute to the Big Toy project in any way.

“Of course they won’t, because all of the coverage has been nothing but negative,” said Walsh, once again raising his voice. “You’ve told people how bad the project is, so of course your readers are against it because you’ve told them to be against it. Your readers who have seen nothing but negative stories are against the project, but when we go into the schools, people are 99 percent for the project.”

Man crashes twice in minutes

Joseph Cradduck of Salem was involved in two accidents within minutes on Monday. He ended up slamming into trees, a crosswalk pole and more at Delight Street and Chemawa Road. Cradduck fled the scene but was found and arrested. (Courtesy Keizer Police Department)
Joseph Cradduck of Salem was involved in two accidents within minutes on Monday. He ended up slamming into trees, a crosswalk pole and more at Delight Street and Chemawa Road. Cradduck fled the scene but was found and arrested. (Courtesy Keizer Police Department)

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A Salem man was quite the crasher in Keizer on Monday night.

Joseph Rickey Cradduck, 35, was arrested after fleeing from two crash scenes he caused. The first crash caused injuries to a 64-year-old Keizer woman, while the second damaged a fence, trees and a crosswalk pole.

According to a Keizer Police Department news release from Sgt. Jeffrey Goodman, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle crash at the intersection of Delight Street North and Chemawa Road North, by the entrance to McNary High School.

Initial reports indicated a vehicle had hit a building or a tree, with additional 9-1-1 calls noting the traffic lights at the intersection were flashing red in all directions. By the time the first officers arrived on scene, the driver of the 2007 Toyota Camry – later identified as Cradduck – had already fled.


Officers found the Camry had been traveling north on Delight at high speed, crossed Chemawa and smashed through one of the new metal electrical crosswalk poles on the northwest corner of the intersection. The Camry then crashed into a fence, bushes and trees, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The car appeared to be totaled in the crash.

While officers were investigating that crash, they learned the same vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run accident minutes earlier.

According to Goodman, the Camry was found to have crashed into another vehicle at River Road North and Evans Drive North. The driver of the Camry left the scene without exchanging information, while the driver of the other vehicle sustained injuries to her back and knee.

“The suspect vehicle pulled out of a parking lot on the east side of River Road near the intersection of Evans Avenue North,” said Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD. “He pulled out of the parking lot in front of a vehicle that was traveling northbound on River Road. When he pulled out in front of the other vehicle, the victim vehicle crashed into the driver side door of the suspect vehicle. Instead of stopping and remaining at the scene of the crash, the suspect fled from the scene of the crash, continuing across River Road onto Evans Avenue North where he continued going westbound.”

Because the driver of the other vehicle was injured, Kuhns said it was considered felony hit-and-run.

A driver who witnessed the first incident began following Cradduck as he traveled west on Evans and then north on Delight.

“The pursuing witness reported to officers the suspect vehicle was traveling in excess of 60 mph, in the 25 mph residential neighborhood, just prior to the second collision,” Goodman said.

Another witness gave police a detailed description of Cradduck and reported seeing him fleeing into the area of the MHS parking lot.

“A school custodian contacted an officer in the parking lot and informed him he had just confronted a subject who had broken into the concession stand near the football field,” Goodman said. “The custodian gave a description of the suspect, which matched the same description as the hit-and-run driver in the first two incidents.”

The custodian told officers than when he confronted Cradduck, the suspect took off running and was seen going west on MacArthur Street North.

With assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem Police Department, KPD officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood west of MHS and deployed a K-9 to track for the suspect. Cradduck was found hiding in bushes near the intersection of Newberg Drive North and Max Court North.

Cradduck was taken to the police department, where he admitted being the driver of the Camry. He was found to have a blood alcohol level of .06 percent, but refused to submit to a urine analysis test. Cradduck was taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility and charged with felony failure to perform duties of a driver, reckless driving, failure to perform duties of a driver (for the property damage), driving under the influence of intoxicants, burglary and refusing the urine test. The total bail was $35,650.

Kuhns said on Tuesday the Camry was not registered in Cradduck’s name.

“But we don’t have any information to indicate it was stolen,” Kuhns said.

In terms of damaged property, Kuhns said it starts with the Camry.

“If the vehicle was insured we – or the owner of the damaged pedestrian signal and the owner of the residence – will make a claim against the insurance,” Kuhns said. “If there was no insurance on the vehicle we will have to wait as this matter works its way through the criminal justice system. When and if the suspect is found guilty the District Attorney will ask the court to require restitution be paid to all of the victims if the damages have not otherwise been paid for.”

Mark William Garvey

M. Garvey
M. Garvey

Mark William Garvey, devoted husband, ever-present father, loving son, caring brother and loyal friend went to his eternal home to be with his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his family and friends on Feb. 3, 2015. He was 47.

Mark is survived by his wife, Debbie, his son, Lucas, his daughter, Alyssa, as well as his parents, Bob and Marlene Garvey, his sisters, Lisa and Laura, his in-laws, Bob and Earlene Beko, and his siblings-in-law, Darren, Tony, Jillice, Chris and Kim, in addition to his six nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Lake Oswego, Mark graduated from Lakeridge High School and received his bachelor’s degree in business at Linfield College.

Mark and Debbie met in 1989 and four years later began their 22-year marriage and started their family, the main priority and source of joy in Mark’s life.

Mark was a man of great strength – strong in his faith in Christ, his dedication to his wife and his support (and own volunteerism) with her work at The Boys & Girls Club, his commitment to serve as a coach, friend and courageous example to his two children, his loyalty to his 19 years of work at Country Financial, his maintenance and pursuit of real and lasting friendships, and unbelievably strong in his 17-year battle with a rare form of cancer.

This battle does not define Mark’s life, but only shows the relentlessness with which he pursued and appreciated each moment of it. Mark’s zest for life, his refusal to complain or quit and his ability to find humor in even difficult circumstances will leave a lasting legacy for all who were blessed enough to know and love him.

Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer.

Donations may be made, in memory of Mark, to the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties or a contribution may be given to the education fund set up for the Garvey children at Pioneer Trust Bank.

Orville Downer

O. Downer
O. Downer

Orville Downer was born in Roscoe, South Dakota May 10, 1937 to William and Elodie Downer. He moved with his family to Salem on his 12th birthday. He attended Buena Crest Elementary and Salem Academy, where he graduated in 1955. He married Geri Gale in 1958 and they had five children. After a long illness, he died on Feb. 5, 2015 at his home.

Orville was an entrepreneur in the agriculture industry, including farming, custom harvesting, custom fertilizing, hydraulic sales, and grain bin sales. In January 1963 he joined the Brooks Fire Department. By the end of that year he was promoted to captain and after another year assistant chief. In 1968 Brooks merged with Four Corners and together they became Marion County Fire District No. 1. Orville was deputy dhief of the North Battalion and led the district in that capacity for 27 years. He resigned in 1995 to serve on the Marion County Fire Board of Directors until posting his resignation 20 years later, in January of this year.

Orville loved to serve the community and was on several boards. He had a passion for snowmobiling, stock car racing, and ran a dirt track for three summers in Yreka, Calif. He was member of the Capital Park Wesleyan Church from 1949 through 1973 and the Salem First Church of the Nazarene until his death.  Orville had many community friendships and had several close life-long friends. His home was open and became a place of welcome…sometimes people just stayed.  He had a special place in the farming community of the mid-Willamette Valley. He was often called upon in crisis and responded day or night to those with a need.

Orville was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Joyce Downer Imel. Survivors include his wife Geri, sister Velera Vreugdenhil, (Ralph) of Puyallup, Wash., children Kathi Kinnaman (Greg) of Hillsboro, Michelle Truax (Tony) of Buckley, Wash., Steve Downer of Brooks, Sandi Beck (Doug) of Aurora and Mike Downer (Tiina) of Keizer, eight grandsons, three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held  Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. at Salem First Church of the Nazarene. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hope Station care of First Church of the Nazarene or Union Gospel Mission