Christian Malas Echevarria, 22, passed away Jan. 6, following an automobile accident.

Christian was born March 2, 1991, at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev. He attended kindergarten in Winnemucca, and first through eighth grade at Paradise Valley Elementary School. He graduated from Lowry High School in 2009. He then attended Boise State University for a year before earning a degree in Business Technology from Eastern Idaho Technical College. While attending EI Tech, he received his EMT Certification, and subsequently joined the EMS team at Humboldt General Hospital. He participated in football, basketball, and excelled in track and field, winning state championships in the 200 meter dash and the long jump. He participated in 4H, FFA, and  rodeo. He loved anything outdoors, especially snowboarding and skateboarding.

He is survived by parents, Bryn and Gary Echevarria; sister, Alicia Echevarria; grandparents, Monte and Patricia Siegner; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe “Dooley” and Grace Echevarria.

Services are to be held in Paradise Valley  Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paradise Valley New Building Fund, P.O. Box 55, Paradise Valley, NV 89426.

Jim Hutchinson 1919 — 2013

Posted on January 8th in Obituaries

Jim Hutchinson, 94, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Harney District Hospital.

Jim was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Burns. He was a World War II veteran, fighting for his country in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Burns and resided there for the rest of his life.

Jim was featured in the Range magazine, based out of Carson City, Nev. The article stated that Jim was one of the “real genuine cowboys,” and it told about his life very accurately. His doctor, just before he passed away, said he was the toughest 94-year-old he has ever met! He was one of the best, for sure, and well-liked by everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthie; daughters, Vicky, Janice and Lynne; sons, Dale and Michael.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Thomas Q. Wharton, 83, passed away Dec. 20 in Coos Bay.

Thomas was born Dec. 19, 1930 in Juntura to Curtis C. and Minnie E. (Boyer) Wharton, one of nine children: five boys and four girls.
Tom met Lois Stump in 1947 at a grange dance in Harper. They dated for three years. When Tom asked for Lois’ hand in marriage, he was told he had to have a job and keep it. They were married Sept. 15, 1950, at Harper. Tom was hired at the Oregon Department of Transportation, where he worked for 35 1/2 years. He started in Burns, took a management job, and transferred to Pistol River. After 14 months, he moved to Bridge and lived there 12 years. His section was phased out, and he moved to North Bend. His family settled in Coos Bay, where they continued to live in the same house for 45 years.

Tom enjoyed mining on Johnson Creek above Powers, where he spent many vacations for more than 50 years. He also enjoyed jackrabbit hunting in Central Oregon, after retiring.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lois Wharton of Coos Bay; son, Jerry Wharton and wife, Laura, of North Bend; daughters, Pennie Walter and husband Lew, and Peggy Porter and husband, Preston, all of Salem, and Jeanie Stafford and husband, Dave, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two sisters; two brothers; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two brothers; granddaughter, Lacey Wharton; and great-grandson, Trevor Bruce Hoffine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hauser Volunteer Fire Department, 93622 Viking Lane, North Bend, OR 97459.

A funeral service was held Dec. 28 with arrangements under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.


Tawnie Callaway, 66, of Burns, passed away Dec. 5 in Bend.

No services will be held, per her request.

A full obituary will appear at a later date.

Genevieve Richards 1942 – 2013

Posted on December 27th in Obituaries

Genevieve Richards, 71, passed away at her home on Sunday, Dec. 22.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. A viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at LaFollette’s Chapel.

Genevieve Richards is survived by her children, Shelley Richards, Todd Richards, Jody Richards, Renee Thomas, Vonnie Sam, Theresa Curtis and Rose Curtis.

Contributions in Genevieve Richards’ memory may be made to Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Death notice – Willia Reynolds

Posted on December 18th in Obituaries

Willia Reynolds, 89, passed away Dec. 14 at Harney District Hospital.

Willia is survived by her sister, Mary Frazier, of Hanford, Calif.; son, Ken Reynolds (Linda), of Hines; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; son, Richard; and granddaughter, Kristy.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Burns Cemetery.

Donations in Willia Reynolds’ memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

OBIT GoirigolzarriNicholas Jose “Nick” Goirigolzarri, 25, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Nick was born Feb. 26, 1988, in Bend. Roseburg was where he called home and spent the majority of his first 18 years of life.

He attended Roseburg High School and was involved in sports, leadership, and multiple clubs. He graduated in 2006 in the top 10 percent of his class. His dream of attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was realized with an early acceptance, success throughout his four years at the academy, officer commissioning, and graduation in 2010. His love of his high school football days developed into a love of rugby at the United States Air Force Academy, where he played for the USAFA rugby team. With his competitive spirit, athleticism, and disciplined physical preparation, he was selected each year for the United States Air Force National rugby team and their tournaments around the United States.

In his short 25 years, his gifts of humor, quick wit, loyalty, compassion, work ethic, athletic ability, determination, and love of life created a tremendous circle of friends and “Nick” fans. His charismatic smile, spontaneous laugh, and high energy brought such life to any family gathering, rugby competition, fun with his friends and coworkers at Schriever Air Force base in Colorado Springs, where he served. As a first lieutenant, he applied his many gifts to his military career. He quickly moved from satellite operations to executive officer to satellite evaluator.

He was the organizer and a participant of base celebrations, community service, and any athletic competition he could be involved in. His life was cut short while he was working on his masters and captain promotion. He had hopes of being stationed in Washington D.C., working with satellites in his acquisition officer role, and dreams of a family and children someday.

Nick loved his family. Home was where he drew strength and the greatest of support. He embraced life with his love of athletics, rugby, fantasy football, travel, cooking, hunting, fishing, and updating the “investment” house that he had so proudly purchased.

Nick is survived by his father, Javier; mother, Karen; brothers, Ben and Alex; grandmother, Gerri Lum; “Amama,” Luisa Goirigolzarri; as well as uncles, aunts and cousins.

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the USAF Academy Chapel, Cadet Chapel at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation, the American Leukemia Foundation Inc., or to the Nicholas Goirigolzarri Roseburg High School Scholarship Fund at 400 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Mark Louis Smith 1948 – 2013

Posted on December 11th in Obituaries

OBIT Smith workedMark Louis Smith passed away Dec. 1 in Bend, surrounded by family. Born in Oakland, Calif. to Kenneth O. Smith Jr. and Claudia A. Smith on June 11, 1948, Mark was raised in the hills above Willits, Calif., where he developed a lifelong love of the natural world, especially cattle ranching.

After graduating from Willits High School in 1966 and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo in 1972, Mark worked for Production Credit Association (PCA) in California, Hawaii and Nevada. During a break from agricultural banking, he was ranch foreman for a large cattle operation above Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, and it was there that he met and married his love, Deborah.

With the responsibility of a new family, Mark gladly accepted an offer to open a new PCA office in Burns. Although the PCA organization folded soon after Mark and his family arrived in Burns, they stayed. In the broad, high desert country of Eastern Oregon, he knew he was truly home.

Mark and Deborah happily blended into the community and built their home on a hill overlooking the alfalfa fields and cattle ranches in the distance. Mark’s experience in ranching and finance allowed him to always find ways to make a good living in Harney County.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah; his daughters, Sebrina Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gena Anderson and her husband, Kenny, of Twin Falls, Idaho; and his son, Chris Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif. He also leaves his mother, Claudia Smith of Willits, Calif.; his brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Rose Smith of Willits, Calif.; and his grandsons, Wacey and Brenden Anderson.

Mark was preceded in death by his father and his sister, Margaret.

A big man with an even bigger heart, there is a sad and vacant place where he once stood in our family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burns High School Athletic Fund to be used toward new football goal posts in memory of Mark.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Big Bear Lodge, 171 Hines Logging Road, in Hines.

Wilma R. Andrews 1920 – 2013

Posted on December 11th in Obituaries

Former Burns resident Wilma R. Andrews, 93, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Seaside.

Born January 1920 in Durango, Colo., the oldest child of William C. and Vadis Morgan, her childhood was spent in Durango and Silverton, Colo.

Wilma relocated to Oregon in the 1950s, and retired in 1983 after 28 years of teaching first grade in Burns.

She is survived by her sister, Edythrose (Morgan) Tincombe; daughters, Georganne Wood, Sharolyn (Bob) Johnson, Carole (Gene) Whitlock, and Jeanette (Bill) Harman; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brother, William P. Morgan, and youngest daughter, Jenifer Andrews.

A private service will be held. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Tomas M. Madarieta, 68, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, at his son’s home in Hillsboro, where he was surrounded by his family.

Tom was born March 2, 1945 in Burns. He was the third child born to Jose and Venna Madarieta. Tom graduated from Burns Union High School in 1963. He played football in high school and at Portland State University. Tom joined the U. S. Air Force (May 1965-May 1969) as a military police officer, and his travels took him to Okinawa, Japan, Italy, and parts of Europe. He returned to Burns, and began working at Edward Hines Lumber Company. In 1973, Tom married the love of his life, Renee Sawser. Tom and Renee raised their family in Burns through 1983, when they relocated to Hillsboro, where Tom worked at Master Brand Cabinets, until retiring in 2007.

Tom is survived by his wife, Renee; daughter, Anna; son, Jon, and his wife, Michelle; granddaughter, Payton; brother, Joe, and his wife, Hazel; as well as many other extended family members.

Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. “It’s not the length of life, but the depth of life.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Tom’s honor.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Big Bear Lodge, 171 Hines Logging Road, in Hines. A private family burial will be held in Burns.

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