Damon Andrew Davis of Hines died Oct. 28.

He was born June 1, 1986, in Redmond. He was welcomed home from the hospital by his parents, Joe and Sharon Davis, and his big brother, Nick.

Damon was a happy, outgoing and energetic child who loved everyone and assumed that they loved him. From the time he started walking at nine months old, nothing could slow him down. He had a lot of life to live and was anxious to get at it.

Sports were a big part of his school years, starting with T-ball and culminating in varsity football and basketball. Although he played all sports, football was, by far, his favorite. After his first taste of flag football in grade school, he was hooked and couldn’t wait to play varsity football in high school under Coach Graham. Playing high school football was among the highlights of his life. Damon was a life-long Chicago Bears fan and was thrilled when he had the opportunity to visit Soldier Field in Chicago and get the signatures of some of the players. He was also an avid Oregon State Beavers fan.

Damon’s faith was also a very important part of his life. At the age of seven, he chose to give his life to Christ and was baptized when he was in high school. He attended church with his family at Faith Baptist Church and actively participated in Sunday School and the AWANA program. Many of his lifetime friendships were cultivated through these church activities. In high school, he participated in youth group and Young Life. He had great memories from his times at Young Life camp and a Mexico mission trip.

The first summer out of high school, Damon went to work as a firefighter for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. That experience set in motion his college curriculum path and, ultimately, his career. He attended Oregon State University and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in natural resources. Although the academic work was not his favorite part of the college experience, he worked hard in his field of study.

Damon possessed the strength of character that helped him achieve many goals in his short life. He was determined to: play varsity high school football, get his college degree, graduate from college without any debt and get a full-time, permanent position with U.S. Fish & Wildlife at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All of these goals he achieved. Along the way, he made many friends that he remained close to.

Damon loved the challenges of fighting fire and the wide variety of tasks around the refuge. Work on a fire was hard and the hours were long, but he enjoyed pushing his body and seeing a fire contained. Over the eight years that he worked at the refuge, he fought fires in Georgia, Minnesota, Wyoming, Nevada, Washington and a number of places in Oregon. Damon had many close friends at the refuge, and they always made the work fun. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain were home to Damon, and nothing made him happier than to spend his days off hunting and fishing on the Steens. The last week of his life was spent hunting for elk with good friends.

First and foremost, Damon treasured time with family and friends. Damon was a son who would make any parent proud. As a young person, he was always glad to have his parents around and treated them with love and respect. Before he was permanent and full-time at the refuge, in the off season, he worked for his dad in his construction business, along with his brother Nick, and they have many great memories of those times. In 2010, he spent two weeks touring Italy and Spain with his parents. Whenever he was in town, Wednesday nights were reserved for dinner with his parents and his brother Nick’s family. Damon and Nick loved to go goose hunting or watch a ball game together. All of the holidays were spent with family, and he really enjoyed the extended family gatherings. When Nick and Christy had twins in 2010, Damon discovered the joys of being an uncle, and Sadie Belle and Fielder adored him. He carried pictures of them with him in his pick-up.

Damon had many cherished memories of Memorial Day reunions, calf brandings and holidays spent together with family. He brought so much humor and love to those occasions. Ground-squirrel hunting, riding four-wheelers, wrestling matches, football games; he looked forward to it all.

Those who really knew Damon and considered him a friend, know that friendship was very important to him. He valued all of his friends and wanted to spend time with them. Damon was intensely loyal, never afraid to give a hug and willing to do anything to help a friend.

Damon is survived by his parents, Joe and Sharon Davis; brother, Nick Davis and wife Christy; nephew, Fielder Lee, and niece, Sadie Belle; grandmothers, Mary Teague and Bernice Davis; uncles and aunts, Jack Nelson, Jim Teague and wife Terri, Bill Teague and wife Debbie, Valorie Davis, Louise Colvin, Tom Davis and wife Julie and Barb Carr and husband Tim; and numerous cousins, great-uncles and great-aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Claude Teague and Herb C. Davis; grandmother, Jennette Davis; aunt, Neva Nelson; uncle, Herb G. Davis; and cousin, Jesse Davis.

Contributions in Damon Davis’ memory can be made to Faith Baptist Church, Malheur Refuge Associates and Young Life of Harney County in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Condolences can be sent to the family at:
www.lafolletteschapel.com


Thomas “Tom” Vincent Smallwood, 78, of Redmond died Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Tom was born in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 31, 1934, to Oscar Moody and Elizabeth Harriet (Pierce) Smallwood.

He lived in the Southern California area, including Catalina Island, until his enlistment in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served on the USS Piedmont in the Korean War conflict from April 1952 to September 1954, being honorably discharged.

He married Matilda “Boots” Palmer in San Bernardino, Calif., on March 1, 1957. Boots died in 2009 after a long bout with cancer. Tom and Boots enjoyed outdoor activities with their three children, traveling the Western United States. Tom had a love for motorcycles, riding his Harley Davidson until he was 77. He also enjoyed playing his guitar and had a lovely baritone voice.

Tom’s early career was in California with San Bernardino Water Works. He then entered employment in the banking industry as a mail clerk, and rose to the position of branch manager upon retirement from Wells Fargo Bank in Prineville. In 1980, he and Boots moved to Burns, where they owned and operated the Coast-to-Coast Hardware store.

Tom is survived by his son, Stephen Vincent Smallwood (Tami) of Burns; daughter, Kelly Joi Smallwood of Prineville; brother, Harry Smallwood of  Beaumont, Calif.; sister, Donna Jean Smallwood Ammon of Idaho Falls, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Boots Smallwood; son, James Smallwood; parents, Oscar  and Elizabeth Smallwood; and siblings, Thel and Lucky Smallwood.

A memorial service will be held with military honors Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at the V.F.W. Hall Post #4108, 1836 SW Veterans Way, in Redmond.  Merle Jackson will officiate.

Arrangements are in the care of Prineville Funeral Home.

Visit: www.PrinevilleFuneralHome.com to share memories or express condolences by signing the on-line guestbook.


Joyce Glee Newton 1935 – 2012

Posted on November 7th in Obituaries

Joyce Glee Newton, 77, of Burns died Oct. 27 at her daughter’s home in Bend.

Joyce was born to Charles and Celestia (Mow) Rogers on June 16, 1935, in Klamath Falls. She graduated from high school in Mullinville, Kan., and then moved back to Oregon in 1954, the same year she married her husband, Vernon Newton.

Joyce was a devout member of the Church of God in Bend and loved spending time with her family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her six children, Roselee (husband Bobby) Ostrander of Bend, Celestia (husband Kerry) Hodges of Dayton, Nev., Tammy Anglesey of Eugene, Venetta (husband Todd) Bigelow of Burns, Mark (wife Christy) Newton of Burns and Daniel Newton of Riddle; and brother, Ralph Rogers of Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

An urn committal was held at La Pine Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joyce’s name to Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 Southwest 23rd Street, Redmond, OR 97756, www.redmondhospice.org.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend was in charge of arrangements, 541-382-0903, www.bairdmortuaries.com.


Death notice — Damon Davis

Posted on October 31st in Obituaries

Damon Davis, 26, of Burns died Sunday, Oct. 28 due to an auto accident. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at Faith Baptist Church in Hines at 2 p.m.  A viewing for Damon will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at LaFollette’s Chapel from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Damon is survived by his parents, Joe and Sharon Davis; brother, Nick Davis and wife Christy; nephew, Fielder Lee; niece, Sadie Belle; grandmothers, Mary Teague and Bernice Davis;  uncles and aunts, Jack Nelson, Jim Teague and wife Terri, Bill Teague and wife Debbie, Valorie Davis, Louise Colvin, Tom Davis and wife Julie and Barb Carr and husband Tim; and numerous cousins, great-uncles and great-aunts.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Claude Teague and Herb C. Davis; grandmother, Jennette Davis; aunt, Neva Nelson; uncle, Herb G. Davis; and cousin, Jesse Davis.

Visit: www.lafolletteschapel.com to send condolences to the family or share a picture of Damon Davis.


Joyce G. (Rogers) Newton, 77, of Burns died Oct. 27.

A celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the La Pine Community Cemetery, located at the end of Reed Road in La Pine.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of arrangements.


Mathew “Mat” Murray Perlot, 76, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Oct. 5.

Mat was born April 5, 1936, in Portland. He was raised in Portland and Welches.

Mat served in the Army as a Military Policeman  and a paratrooper.

After an honorary discharge, he worked for Thurlow Glove Company and then Columbia Sportswear as a production supervisor.

He left Portland in 1968 to start his own outdoor clothing manufacturing company.  After establishing Western Trails in Bend, he left the garment business for the recreational vehicle business.

He started with Beaver Coaches, then worked for Monaco and Country Coaches as the marketing manager. Mat then went out on his own and started Safari Motor Coaches, which eventually became SMC Corporation and included Beaver Coaches and Harney Coach Works. Mat also established Silver Creek Ranches of Oregon LLC in Riley where he ran cattle and grew alfalfa.

In retirement, Mat lived in Arizona and spent time in Mexico and Alaska where he entertained friends and family on his fishing boat. He was always orchestrating the next great fishing adventure.

Through his long stay at the hospital at the end of his life, he was jovial and did his best to entertain visitors. Mat was always very giving. He paid for the college educations of several of his employees’ children on the ranch and in Mexico, and he was a generous entertainer.

Mat is survived by Connie Perlot; sisters, Marianne, Leila and Susan and brother, Jerry. He had four sons from his first wife, Mary Ann (Bernert); Mike (Kathy), David, Gordon and Martin (Myra). Mat is also survived by grandchildren, Chris, Robert , Taylor, Danielle, Peter, Molly, Greg, Little Mat, Justin, Brianna and Shay.

He was preceded in death by father, Leonard; mother, Muriel and sister, Jan.

Memorial services will be held Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Naswanger-Reynolds Funeral Home in Bend. For more information and a guestbook, visit: gatewaylittlechapel.com

Contributions in Mat’s name can be made to Wounded Warriors.

Mat’s fish camp is closed and will be missed very much.


Juanita E. Reed 1923–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Juanita E. Reed died Sept. 26 at Harney District Hospital in Burns.

Juanita was born April 13, 1923, to Etta and Orland Turner in Crane. She grew up in Harney County and graduated from Crane High School in 1941.

After high school, she moved with her family to a ranch near McDermitt, Nev. She then continued her education in San Francisco, Calif., earning her dental assistance degree.

In January 1952, Juanita married Raymond M. Reed and instantly had a new family with two step-daughters, Betty and Romona. She also had two children of her own: son, Marvel, and daughter, Randy.

In 1960, Juanita and her family moved to Yerington, Nev. Juanita moved to Burns in 2007.

Juanita enjoyed working in her yard. She loved to sew, crochet and knit. Her family said they reaped the rewards from her many craft projects.

Juanita is survived by her children and step-children; seven step-grandchildren, Yvonne, Kenny, Kelly, JoAnne, Tami, Andy and Kristy; two granddaughters, Michelle Tye and Sheree Retherford; three great-grandchildren, Jordie, Ledger and Hailey; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded in death by her former husband Raymond; parents, Orland and Etta; and brother, Leo.


Joshua Nephi Kevin Johnson died surrounded by his family Sept. 20.

He was born March 17, 1996, in Newberg to Irene “Nichole” and Kevin Johnson. He was welcomed by siblings Karsten, Kira, Brolin, Nicholette and Selene Johnson.

Joshua grew strong and loved life. He smiled a lot and was mischievous at times. When he was 2, he had a four-day seizure that stripped him of a normal life.

At age 3, Joshua and his family moved to Burns. He attended school at Fillmore and loved his classmates and teachers. Later, he attended Slater and then Hines Middle School. Finally, Joshua attended a few months at Burns High School before becoming too weak to attend.

Joshua loved food, classical music and when his dad would sing to him at night. Red balloons would make him smile.

He had unconditional love toward all of his many wonderful teachers, friends and family members. He loved to walk around the school and give everyone hugs.

Joshua spent his final days at home with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Nichole; father, Kevin; sisters, Nicholette, Selene and Kira; brothers, Karsten and Brolin; and his grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his cousins, Nicholas Johnson and Tyler Graham.


Jay Patrick Winn 1975–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Jay Patrick Winn died Sept. 30.

Jay was born Oct. 20, 1975, at Harney County Hospital in Burns.

As a young boy, he was rough, tough and adventurous. He attended grade school in Burns and Hines. His parents moved quite a bit in his early years, but Harney County was always home to him. Jay started hunting with his dad about the same time that he started wrestling. His love of the outdoors and hunting was equaled only by his love of sports.

Jay attended high school in Burns. While he was very bright, the only reason he consented to attend school was so that he could participate in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a stand-out athlete with an incredible work ethic.

After high school, he attended Western Oregon University where he played football for one season.

Jay then began to prepare to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in the California Riverside Mission. Those two years greatly influenced the rest of his life.

He returned home in March 1999 and soon met and married the love of his life, Alison “Ali” Ruth Huddleston. They were married Aug. 14, 1999, in the Dallas, Texas, Temple.

The couple then moved to Cleveland, Miss., to attend Delta State University. While Ali concentrated on completing her degree, Jay was busy educating the Delta State football team on how to play football the proper, “Oregon” way.

After Ali received her diploma in 2000, the couple moved back to Burns, and Jay started his career in construction.

Jay and Ali proceeded to have a family together. First were two sons, Michael Jonathan and Justin Daniel. Then they were blessed with their only daughter, Kasey Lee, who was followed by two more sons, Thomas Jay and Kaleb James.

Jay loved being a husband and a dad. Everything he did was for his family or his friends. Jay’s favorite thing to do was hunt or fish with people he loved. He was an enthusiastic coach for his boys in wrestling and football.

Jay is survived by his wife and children; parents, William and Judy Winn; siblings, Jaymie Hampson, Daniel Winn and Myla SkunkCap; grandparents, Donna Tackman and William Winn; and a large, extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws.


Vicki Lee Hughes 1949–2012

Posted on October 10th in Obituaries

Vicki Lee Hughes died Sept. 25 at her home in Burns.

Vicki was born April 24, 1949, to Jim and Gladys Gardner in Burns.

Vicki and her family resided in Drewsey for many years before moving to Redmond.

Vicki married Robert Dean Hughes on Dec. 24, 1968. The couple resided in Redmond before moving to Klamath Falls. They then moved to Burns, where they lived for the past 16 years.

Vicki liked sewing and talking with family and friends. She is most remembered by family and friends for her great cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Hughes; daughters, Jennifer Hughes and Deanna Wilson both of Burns; grandchildren, Travis Hatley of La Grande, Samantha and Candace Hatley of Klamath Falls and Kevin and Robert Hughes of Burns.

A private memorial service will be held in Burns by family and friends.

Contributions in Vicki’s name can be made in care of LaFollette’s Chapel to Harney County Home Health & Hospice or The Ronald McDonald House Charities.


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