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Day: December 23, 2016

Top 10 sports stories of 2016

Deven Hunter kisses the Final Four trophy after the Lady Beavers upset Baylor in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. (Submitted)
Deven Hunter kisses the Final Four trophy after the Lady Beavers upset Baylor in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. (Submitted)

#10 McNary’s new gym floor

McNary High School renovated its gymnasium thanks to $20,000 provided by the Athletic Booster Club.

The project included painting both levels of the gym, along with refinishing the 15-year-old floor to include a McNary “M” at center court with ‘McNary” and “Celtics” at each baseline.

Work began as soon as school let out on June 15.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in August.

“It’s much overdue, a much needed project,” ABC vice president Scott Kiser said.

Like the turf field the summer before, Kiser noted the new floor will be a benefit to the entire school and community.

“So many groups use this gym,” he said.

“It was one of those projects where we’re not focusing on just one sport and our goal is to not just focus on one sport per project. Like our turf, lacrosse, soccer, football, in here you’re going to have wrestling, volleyball, basketball, plus all their assemblies and everything they’re going to do. These are projects that we are doing that affect a large population of the school and our community.”


#9 Cavell Player of the Year

McNary senior Harry Cavell, who averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game, was selected the unanimous Greater Valley Conference Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

“It’s awesome and it’s affirmation that all my hard work has paid off a little bit,” Cavell said of the Player of the Year honor. “But it’s just as much a testament to my team. There are a lot of good players who don’t stand out because of their teams.”

McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said that attitude is what he’s appreciated most about having Cavell as a player for the Celtics.

“He’s a mature kid with poise and a confident attitude that the other players in our program gravitate to,” Kirch said. “It helps unite the group as a whole because his expectations mirror what we expect as a program.”

Defensive Player of the Year awards also went to McNary as junior Matthew Ismay shared the boys honor with Joe Carey of South Salem and sophomore Kailey Doutt won the girls award.

“This means that coaches can trust me to guard the best players every game,” Ismay said.

The Lady Celts led the GVC in points allowed and Doutt had a big part in that.

“Kailey is a spark plug for the whole defensive side of our game and has shown just how deep the buy-in is for our defensive schemes,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach.

Doutt said the award was a result of an approach to the game that she’s practiced from a young age.

“I have always been taught that defense wins games. It’s what my dad, who was my coach when I was younger, always focused on,” she said. “It means a lot because I’ve been trying to work hard on it. I really feel blessed and thankful.”


#8 McNary boys bowl near-perfect game

On its way to winning a district title, McNary’s boys bowling team, made up of Nick Blythe, Tim Kiser, Jerome Ricks, Bailey Lee and Donny Grunbough, knocked down 298 of a possible 300 pins to nearly bowl a perfect game in the semifinals of the tournament.

“I was jumping up and down after every strike,” said Grubough.

“Everybody in the place stopped to watch us,” said Kiser.

“It was stadium-level loud,” added Blythe.

The almost-perfect effort capped a three-game series that began with scores of 262 and 224.

“It was the most incredible stretch I’ve ever seen in more than 20 years as a coach,” said coach Dan Kaplan

At the end of the semifinals, which consists of 10 games, McNary was 321 pins ahead of the second place team. The Celts finished ahead 377-249 for the two finals games.

Blythe, a three-year veteran of the team who’s already got several 300 games as a solo performer, said the experience was his most memorable yet.

“It was the most fun I’ve had in three years, and this is the best team I’ve ever been part of,” Blythe said.


For the entire top ten, see the December 23 print edition of Keizertimes.

Eclipse event gets fee waivers

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By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

At its meeting Monday, Dec. 19, the Keizer City Council approved fee waivers totaling a little more than $1,000 for the upcoming Keizer Eclipse 2017. Totally! event.

The Keizer Parks Foundation (KPF) is planning an event at Keizer Rapids Park to mark the passage of a total solar eclipse over Keizer in August 2017 and intends to donate any proceeds back to the city as dedicated parks funds.

Permits for the event were recently approved and led to the request for fee waivers, which to a large extent represent foregone revenue.

KPF requested waivers totaling $1,021 including $55 for an amphitheater permit, a $150 refundable deposit, $776 for four days worth of use fees and $40 for four days of electricity costs.

The council agreed to waive the costs with a unanimous vote.

Mayor Cathy Clark contended that waiving the fees for the eclipse event differed from recent requests by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce to waive some costs for the Holiday Lights Parade two weeks ago.

“One of the reasons I am considering this is because this event will come back to the city in the form of a donation to general fund for Keizer Parks. It’s a wash and we have the potential to receive far more than the $1,000 we are waiving,” Clark said.

Organizers hope to raise as much as $26,000 for city parks through the event.

“I look at this event as a big deal in promoting Keizer and I think it’s a great investment for the city,” said Councilor Roland Herrera.

In other business:

• The council approved changes to the city’s marijuana sales regulations including allowing recreational sales shops to also make medicinal sales. Keizer’s three pot shops currently operate under “early sales” models, but are classified as dispensaries. All three shops are expected to convert to recreational sales as the early sales window closes Dec. 31. An additional change will mean the owners will not have to redo background checks on current employees.

• The council approved plans for the parks survey to be sent out to the first half of city residents with the December water billed that will be issued Dec. 29.

The city general fund will absorb the $1,000 cost of sending out the surveys with the bills. It will also be available online. City officials are asking residents about their priorities regarding Keizer’s 19 parks and to what extent they would be willing to support a fee to create a dedicated parks fund.
Additional volunteer outreach is planned with details being hammered out in the coming weeks.

McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, instructs Rosemary Kirk, top, and Ilari Ramirez. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, instructs Rosemary Kirk, top, and Ilari Ramirez. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, remembers life before she was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu as a college student at Oregon State.

“I was one of those people that was capable but I’m certain I had ADHD before they diagnosed it,” Rhodes said. “When I was in school in the ’80s and early ’90s, that wasn’t a thing and if it was, I’m sure they would have decided that I had that. I had a lot of potential and I didn’t quite have the self control to reach it. Martial arts was the first thing that I really wanted bad enough to learn those skills and become self disciplined.”

After taking her first martial arts class at age 19, Rhodes was working out six days a week in between Corvallis and Salem by the time she graduated. Rhodes moved to Boston in 2004, joined a boxing gym and then began teaching lessons.

Her combined experiences have made her an ideal Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) judge for the Oregon State Athletic Commission. But she’s never competed in the octagon herself.

“By the time that was a popular mainstream thing for women to do, I was mid to upper 30s and had already had two reconstructive knee surgeries,” Rhodes said. “It’s something that if it would have been popular when I was 20, I would’ve loved to compete. By the time it was popularized, judging was probably a better fit for me.”

Rhodes returned to Oregon in 2007 and in 2010 decided to give back. With two friends, a physician at Salem Hospital and a software engineer, they opened Zanshin Arts, a non-profit dojo in Salem.

When designing the dojo, they thought if we could do whatever we wanted, what would we do?

“What’s probably the coolest part of it, when you open up your own space and you have your own class, you can kind of do whatever you want,” Rhodes said. “Our children’s class, we found out a couple of our kids had never been to the beach so we just took them all.”

Being a non-profit was essential and unique.

“It’s kind of unheard of,” Rhodes said. “We decided to go that route because in different places we’ve seen money do bad things to the martial arts so we’re kind of idealist. In Boston, there was a person training in the class and I thought he’s dangerous. I don’t want him touching my other students. I don’t want him here. He needs to go and the other instructor who was running that club said we need his dues. We’ve actually had great people walk through our door and I haven’t had a situation where I think someone is dangerous but if I did, they just wouldn’t be there.”

While Zanshin does have monthly memberships for those who can afford it, scholarships are also available and they don’t charge exam or belt fees.

“The belt they earn taking their exam is their gift from the dojo,” Rhodes said. “When I was going up through the ranks, I’ve paid my exam fees and then if you pass the exam, some of that fee goes toward the belt. I didn’t have this experience personally with my own schools that I trained in but I’ve seen schools where if they are low on funds, then they’ll hold a bunch of exams. It just compromises the integrity and the idealism of what you’re trying to do and your rankings and things like that. We want you to feel like you took the exam because we believe in you and knew you were ready. When you’ve been working hard and we think you’re at that level and you’re ready, we give that exam and then the belt. You’ve earned it so the dojo provides that to you. It just helps us keep the idealism and integrity intact.”

When a child passes an exam, the entire class celebrates together, usually at the Subway next door.

“No one gets better by themselves. It’s impossible,” Rhodes said. “You have teachers and training partners. We started with the children. We wanted them to be happy for each other and not jealous of each other so when there is a promotion, we take the kids next door to Subway and they all go through the line and they get treats and drinks and things there. It’s also our chance to talk to them about the way they conduct themselves in public. They’re wearing their uniforms so they represent us and they always show impeccable manners. That’s a way for them to have self control outside of our environment even though it’s right next door. But it’s fun and they enjoy it.”

Zanshin also encourages its kids to be charitable. One year, they sponsored a family at McNary, raised $1,000, bought them all presents and delivered them.

Rhodes and her colleagues spent about a year and half looking for, designing and then building a space. Contractors did most of the work but the educator, doctor and software engineer built the 1,600 square football mat with spring floor underneath themselves.

“I had bleeding fingers from building it,” Rhodes said. “When we bought our space, the exterior of the building was done but the floor was just gravel so we got to design it. It’s the most fun place. It’s a playground for us. All of the different bags and equipment we have for striking, any strike you might want to practice, whether it’s a flying knee or a dropping elbow, we’ve got a striking station for that.  We thought what do you want to do and what would be the perfect way to practice that and we bought it. It was kind of our labor of love. We have the coolest bags that you can weave under. We have uppercuts and knees and elbows. We have all this great equipment.”

Zanshin, which translates to “focus” in Japanese, offers classes for both children and adults, emphasizing self discipline, control, confidence and behavior.

“Sometimes I look at our kids and we’ll get a kid that maybe an outsider will think is a total spaz and I know that was me,” Rhodes said. “So when we work with that kid over time and they learn how to control themselves, I know that’s going to affect every part of their lives because I know it did for me. We’ll get kids with bad attitudes. I was certainly capable of having an attitude. Saying whatever you feel like doesn’t get you very far and learning the right times to say the right things does so as we teach that to our kids. I feel like I can give them what someone else volunteered and gave their time to me. That keeps us going.”

2016 is almost over. Whew.

What’s that big sound? It is a collective, national exhaling at the relief that we are at the final week of the year.  Most would agree that 2016 was annus horribilis.

The holidays well be a much needed distraction from the woes and worries of the world. This year brought too much suffering, anger, fighting, terrorism. All topped off with fake news that too many people take for truth without question.

Can a time period such as a year really be horrible? This year had 12 months, 52 weeks and 366 days like any other year. A year can be great or bad depending on how our individual lives are going. It’s not a bad year for someone who received a big raise or found a living wage job after a period of unemployment.  It might be called a bad year if a couple was going through a marital break-up or if a loved one passed before their time.

The American people are a good people. We cheer when others win; we cry when others lose, but generally we are on the side of our fellow citizens. Two thousand sixteen gave us plenty of things to cry about, but that should not define us as a nation.

Our nation and our world is too mature for us to look at it through rose-colored glasses, yet, believing in the spirit and the goodness of people should be our default position.

Life is either something that we let happen to us, or we help shape our life. People in general are  not powerless, unless they accept the belief that they are.

Like all things precious, it takes struggle, dedication and perseverence to make life what we wish it to be.

Many may say 2016 was a horrible year and be depressed about what may come in 2017. We can accept what happens without comment or action, or we can, as we Americans always do, rise to the occasion.

They say that life is what you make it; it’s also true that life is what you believe it is.   —LAZ

Honoring human dignity

By MICHAEL GERSON

It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith—if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order.

All these principles are related, and under attack.

Conservatives believe that human beings are fallible and prone to ambition, passion and selfishness. They (actually, we) tend to become swaggering dictators in realms where we can act with impunity—a DMV office, a hostile traffic stop, a country under personal rule. It is the particular genius of the American system to balance ambition against ambition through a divided government (executive, legislative and judicial). The American system employs human nature to limit the power of the state—assuming that every branch of government is both dedicated to the common good and jealous of its own power.

Conservatives believe that finite and fallen creatures are often wrong. We know that many of our attitudes and beliefs are the brain’s justification for pre-rational tendencies and desires. This does not make perception of truth impossible, or truth itself relative, but it should encourage healthy self-examination and a suspicion of all forms of fanaticism. All of us have things to learn, even from our political opponents. The truth is out there, but it is generally broken into pieces and scattered across the human experience. We only reassemble it through listening and civil communication.

And conservatives believe that a just society depends on the moral striving of finite and fallen creatures, who treat each other with a respect and decency that laws can encourage but not enforce. Such virtues, often rooted in faith, are what turn families and communities into the nurseries of citizenship. These institutions not only shape good people, they inculcate the belief that human beings have a dignity that, while often dishonored, can never be effaced. In the midst of all our justified skepticism, we can never be skeptical of this: that the reason for politics is to honor the equal value of every life, beginning with the weakest and most vulnerable. No bad goal—say, racial purity or communist ideology—outweighs this commitment. And no good goal—the efficiency of markets or the pursuit of greater equality—does either.

So how do we get this set of beliefs and commitments when they seem in short supply? It is hopeless to demand results from an organic process—to order the grass to grow faster. But this type of conservatism —a conservatism of intellectual humility and moral aspiration—also has the advantage of being an organic process. It grows with tenacity in hidden places, eventually breaking down the cement and asphalt of our modern life. It appeals to people who would never call themselves conservatives —who probably wouldn’t use words like “nadir” and “zenith”—who provide examples of hard work, personal responsibility, unfailing decency, family commitment, quiet faith, inspiring compassion and resilience in adversity. They are the potential recruits of a humane political conservatism.

This is not the political force that has recently taken over the Republican Party—with a plurality in the presidential primaries and a narrow victory in November. That has been the result of extreme polarization, not a turn toward enduring values. The movement is authoritarian in theory, apocalyptic in mood, prone to conspiracy theories and personal abuse, and dismissive of ethical standards. The president-elect seems to offer equal chances of constitutional crisis and utter, debilitating incompetence.

The plausible case that Russian espionage materially contributed to the election of an American president has been an additional invitation to anger. Now, not only the quality but also the legitimacy of our democracy is at stake. This extreme threat would seem to require a commensurately radical response—some way to change the outcome.

But what is the proper conservative response? It is to live within the boundaries of law and reality. There is no certain way to determine if Russian influence was decisive. And no serious constitutional recourse seems to remain. While open to other options, I see none. It will now fall to citizens and institutions to (1) defend the legislature and judiciary from any encroachment, (2) defend every group of people from organized oppression, including Muslims and refugees, (3) expand and defend the institutions —from think tanks to civil liberty organizations—that make the case for a politics that honors human dignity. And pray for the grass to grow.    

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Real news and real local

By DON VOWELL

Merry Christmas, Keizertimes. As a community we are lucky to have such a healthy and civic-minded weekly paper as a vital organ.  Our family has lived in Keizer for a little over 30 years.  By a sort of contented default we’ve slowly learned to believe this is home. And Keizertimes is our hometown newspaper.   

I’m only familiar with Salem and Portland newspapers but if they are representative of how other towns are served by their local papers it only emphasizes how uniquely fortunate we are.

We are trained to believe that shareholder profit is the be-all/end-all of every corporate endeavor.  That is turning the Salem paper into a pale imitation of its former self.  The editorial page now appears only sporadically.  Maybe that matters only to a few, but it is the only means of conversation that includes both the people that produce the paper and those that read it. Editorial statements and opinions also give you some insight into those who have the privilege of choosing what news you get to see each day.

A major portion of column-inches in the Salem paper is given over to USA Today, a Gannett insert. It seems like reliable reporting but also seems like removing the local editors’ choices as to what story might be relevant to local readers.  And the deadline pressure of being printed off-site means local sports stories are historical in nature.

When I moved to Keizer I used to brag to out-of-town family and friends about how wonderful Portland’s major paper was. Compared to Seattle, Spokane, and Alaska dailies I had known it was the best. It is silly to weep over the decline of printed daily newspapers—they must answer to financial reality.  Still, the Portland paper has devolved from banquet to thin gruel. I admire the remaining staff for soldiering on, knowing they are being done in by the American attention span.    

Our most recent presidential campaign is the perfect example of damage done by abandoning printed media as source for news. Many of the people I know and love supported or despised either candidate for reasons unsupported by fact. Newspapers are held accountable for what they print. Facebook is not. Twitter is not. Being buried alive in mud makes it impossible to examine each speck of dirt.

Yet the Keizertimes prospers. My children went to local schools.  We shop at local stores. We are safe in the protection of local services and utilities.  This paper is knowingly assembled by people who live here and like it.  Keizertimes always covers things that are happening in the town where I live, and generously offers space to local citizens to speak up.

So, speak up I shall.  Merry Christmas, Keizertimes and thanks for staying true to the cause.  And a Merry Christmas to all local readers who make it possible.  With your support we can do this again next year.

(Don Vowell gets on his soapbox regularly in the Keizertimes.)

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

From the Capitol
By Bill Post

As we come to Christmas, I greatly hesitate to write about politics in this column but feel I must address an important item with the upcoming 2017 legislative session.

First of all, when it comes to the governor’s budget we need to remember it’s not a budget but rather a wish list.  On her wish list Governor Kate Brown writes that we will have a $1.7 billion shortfall in the next biennium. The truth is, we have a windfall of state revenues, to the tune of an 8.5 percent increase over the last biennium (and that’s after a 14 percent increase in revenue in the previous biennium, making a total of 22.5 percent increase in revenue since 2013).

The problem is she “wishes” she could fund all of the items in her budget which is what has led to anxiety for many over the cuts she has proposed which include education, health care and some psychiatric and corrections facilities.

The reality is we have more than enough revenue.  We just don’t seem to have a control on where to spend it. There will be cries for more revenue in the form of cutting interest deductions, raising taxes on what you eat, drink, smoke, wear and more. On top of that, a transportation package will require a gas tax.

Remember, the legislature is the branch charged with crafting and passing a balanced budget, not the governor, and you overwhelmingly chose a certain state representative from Keizer who believes that we, as a state, don’t have a revenue problem but instead have a spending problem.  Therefore I intend to do all that I can to hold the legislature accountable for every dollar. (You can read more about the governor’s budget and the revenue numbers here: http://billpost.us/2016/12/09/its-not-a-budget-shortfall-its-really-a-windfall/).

But here is the bottom line: the people of Keizer are some of the most giving people I’ve ever met. We are a city of volunteers and we care about each other. Our churches do incredible humanitarian work. Our Chamber of Commerce is one of the best there is evidenced by the recent Christmas parade, the food drives and other activities.  We have one of the most livable cities in Oregon and one of the most caring; yet none of that is derived from government, it’s derived from we the people.

On this Christmas week, I want to wish you and your family all of the best not just for this season but for all time.  I work for you and I am eager to get back into the legislature in January and do all that I can to help Keizer and Oregon succeed.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my home to yours.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503- 986-1425 or via email at rep.bill- [email protected])

Christmas story: A child and a movie

Cute stories about American children and Christmas are seemingly endless.  One to add has come to the attention of my wife and myself during the past week.

It is planned that a certain granddaughter will spend Christmas Eve with gramma and grampa. That’s the night, of course, during which tradition promises that Santa Claus will visit each child’s home with presents, leaving them to open on Christmas morning.

We have a gas fireplace that would be difficult to traverse for even a mouse, much less a bag of presents.  Granddaughter is not to be deterred in her belief of a visit by Santa. She has already explained to her mother—in no uncertain terms—that she does not want to sleep in that room.  Why?  Because she does not want to get in Santa’s way or startle him by waking up when he’s in the middle of a special delivery.

She says she must sleep in a room with a door that shuts tightly. She simply does not want to disturb Santa at work and also does not want to see or hear anything among the presents that would spoil a total surprise at day break.  This little girl, this pre-school child, has mastered the particulars for making certain Santa and presents from his North Pole workshop will get to her and a chuckle for us.

When granddaughter’s wishes were passed along to me, I thought of her mother and our other daughter’s childhood fantasies about Santa and the Easter Bunny. Meanwhile, when children and Christmas come to mind, I think again about my favorite and most endearing Christmas movie, A Christmas Story.  When I was a child, my family and I always watched It’s a Wonderful Life, but it was kind of “dark” and scary in places, much like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Imagining there is an American adult who has never viewed A Christmas Story, is a stretch beyond my grasp. Nevertheless, if there is such an American, it’s hoped that they will see it this December.  Disappointment in the movie is unlikely as its 93 minutes will keep any newcomer viewing it from beginning to end.

In the movie, the couple’s oldest son desires to receive a BB gun drives the plot of the film.  The father wins a “major award” in a contest but does not know what it is until it’s delivered; meanwhile, it causes “the battle of the lamp” between the movie mom and dad.  Another howler is the dad’s never-ending struggle with the family’s ancient furnace.  Then there’s the neighbor’s dog, the flat tire scene and the final confrontation with the neighborhood bully.  Lots of laughs and good family flick fun can be enjoyed in this G-rated movie that can be seen more than once to absorb every last tickle.

A Merry Christmas is passed along from this writer to all Keizertimes readers.  May you and yours bask in the warmth and good cheer of a traditional American family gathering, regardless of how cold it gets outside.  And, keep in mind, as the new year gets underway, longer days and warming temperatures are a mere five months away.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s column appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)

Karlin ‘Karl’ Floyd Chambers

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Karlin Floyd Chambers, 56, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13. Karl was born in Salem, OR to Othniel Robert Chambers and Ardith Jamie (Jones) Chambers. He was the youngest of four children (though he towered above them all, at 6’5”) nick-named K1, K2, K3, and K4. Raised by a wonderful stay-at-home mom on Manbrin Drive N, in Keizer, OR, their home was a gathering spot for the neighborhood kids.

Karl began playing violin at the age of six (following in the footsteps of his dad) and quickly progressed to perform in school orchestras and, as a teen, in statewide competitions. He was also a member of the Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) group at the Unitarian Church, where he participated in group outings, camping trips, and service projects.

Karl graduated from McNary High School in 1978 and attended OSU for a short time.

Karl was a kind soul, music lover, jokester, punster, violinist, hat wearer, postcard enthusiast, unicyclist, and an avid rootbeer drinker (please drink one today, in his honor). He loved catching up and was always happy to see everyone.

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Karl is survived by his daughter, Joleen Braasch; mother Ardith Chambers; siblings, Kathryn “Kathy” (Kadri) Özyurt, Kalyani “Yani” (Steve) Davison, and Kerry (Jill Morgenthaler) Chambers; and family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Niel Chambers – may they joke, pun, and find peace together again.

Services were held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Salem, OR, on Sunday, Dec. 18. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Colleen Mae Bartlett

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Colleen Mae Bartlett, aged 88, passed away on December 12, 2016 at her home in Keizer, Oregon.

Colleen was born on October 4, 1928 in Yakima, Washington to Ivan and Leona Smith. The family moved to Ellensburg, Washington where she graduated high school and attended Central Washington College. While in college, she met Edward (Ed) Dale Bartlett Sr. The two married on July 5, 1947 and were longtime residents of Keizer Oregon.

Colleen was a dedicated mother, grandmother and wife. She enjoyed reading, golf and following her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Colleen was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ed Bartlett, and her sister, Jo Brown. She is survived by her children, daughter Connie Pitts and husband Barry, son Edward Jr., son John and wife Katherine, son David and wife Micki; her grandchildren, Brendan Pitts, Sarah, Garrett, Drew and Jesiah; brother Ivan Smith and wife Elizabeth, sister Beverly Engel and husband Bob, sister-in-law Mary Alice Hale, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lenora Johnson, who kindly cared for and assisted Colleen with household tasks over the past few years at Emerald Pointe Senior Living Community.

A graveside service will be held at Restlawn Memory Gardens on December 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.