Wednesday, October 4, 2017

James McCobb | Jan. 25, 1928–April 26, 2017

James E. McCobb, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn (Mack) McCobb; 6 children; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, colleagues, and many dear friends. He is pre-deceased by his son Thomas McCobb and sister Elizabeth Lazzaro.

A former methodist minister James went on to 50-year career as an attorney. He was a Mazama, an avid hiker and outdoorsman, and also wrote and self-published several books of poetry. He was an active member of Rotary International.

His wife recently sent the Mazamas a letter notifying us of Jim's death and enclosed a poem he wrote about climbing the South Sister, printed here.

Shake the Dust

You will remember the songs of waterfalls
as the trail switchbacks into the forest.
The twists and turns will seem familiar,
as you listen to the river.

The roots and stones beneath your feet
will remind you I cherished waterfalls,
the splendid tress, the paintrush
in the clearing across the bridge —
the rough log that troubled balance.

When at day's end you remove your boots,
from aching feet, you will remember
how one autumn day I made the rough ascent,
sat beside the pool at altitude,
then reached the rugged summit.

You will remember I was there before you,
how I loved the roar of waterfalls,
the distant view along the ridges
scanning westard to the Pacific.
—Jim McCobb

Deryl Gene Richter | June 27, 1924–July 22, 2017

Deryl Gene Richter, 93, of Portland, died peacefully July 22, 2017.

He was born to Henry and Lois Richter in June of 1924 in Portland. He graduated from Grant High School in 1943. Deryl served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre earning two bronze stars for his action in Bougainville, Solomon Islands and the liberation of Manilla. Following the war, he earned a Bachelors of Science from Oregon State College in Industrial Engineering. His career in engineering spanned 30 years at Hyster Company where he retired in 1983.

In 1960, he married Beatriz Jean Rey of Bloomington, Ind., whom he met water skiing on Spirit Lake, Wash., with a group of friends that remain close to this day. Deryl held a passion for photography his entire life and leaves behind a legacy of photographs and movies documenting a life well lived; family, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, backpacking, and traveling the world.

Deryl is survived by his wife, Beatriz; and daughter, Tamara. A celebration of his life was held on Aug. 10, 2017, at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge.

Glenn Alan Eaton Jr. | Sept. 24, 1948–Aug. 27, 2017

Glenn Alan Eaton Jr., 68, of Portland passed away Aug. 27, 2017 from coronary heart disease. Glenn was a lifetime member of the Mazamas, joining when he was 16.

He attended St. Helen's Hall grade school (OES) graduating from Parkrose High School (1966). He received his BS/MS civil engineering degrees from Oregon State where he joined Acacia Fraternity. Starting in college he worked as an engineer for the Oregon State Highway Department. He served in the Army after ROTC.

Glenn's activities included Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow leader, church acolyte, square dancer, skier, past president of Winnemucca Society, Children of the American Revolution, Mazama Climbing, Sons of the American Revolution, Blind Commission, and trolleys.
He is survived by wife, Rosemary J. Eaton; sister, Lillian Stewart of Jacksonville, Ore.; nephew, Benjamin Ward (Leticia Durham) of Colorado; niece, Sara Ward of Washington; great-nephews, Tacitus, Caius, Trajan, Deacon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Canon (Col) Glenn Eaton, Sr. and Jeannette Christensen Eaton.

Services were on Sept. 2, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Mazamas or St. Michaels and All Angels Church.

Dwain Arlen Estes | Feb. 4, 1936–July 10, 2017

Dwain was born Feb. 4, 1936 in Joseph, Or., to parents Aubrey Dwain Estes and Maida Caldwell Estes. Aubrey owned the town barbershop and Maida was a teacher. As a boy, Dwain loved the outdoors and developed a life-long passion for hunting and fishing. He was active in the Boy Scouts and later in the Mazamas, where he climbed several Northwest peaks.

Dwain graduated from Eastern Oregon State College in 1957 and began teaching in Portland's Parkrose School District that autumn. He taught in Parkrose for 33 years, retiring in 1990. Much of his career was spent as a sixth-grade teacher where he shared his enjoyment of the outdoors with many of his students at Outdoor School. He finished his career as a math teacher at Parkrose Middle School.

After retirement, Dwain devoted much of his free time to fishing the rivers in Oregon and Washington, filling his (and friends and family) freezers with salmon and steelhead. Even after suffering a stroke in 2011, his passion for the outdoors was not diminished and he continued to fish with the help of his good friends.

Dwain is survived by his younger sister, Marleen Caloia (Chuck) of Frederick, Md.; his son, Daniel Estes (Thia) of Hubbard, Or.; and grandchildren, Ashlee Pecyna, Gabriella Plante and Cole Plante. Dwain is also survived by his long-time love and companion, Barbara Roberts of Portland; and by many good friends from a long life, well lived.

Private services were held in Joseph, Or. and also at Dwain's favorite fishing hole, the location of which dare not be published.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ruth Reitsma

Ruth Reitsma was a member of the Mazamas from 1956–1967 along with her husband Earl Reitsma. Together they were leader and co-leader of numerous climbs of various peaks in North America. Earl received his 36 peak award and Ruth received her 26 peak award. In June 1966 Ruth led a successful all-women’s ascent of Mt. Hood. Climbing partners included Dave Bohen, Edwin Rieger, Bill and Margaret Oberteuffer, and Jack Grauer. Other climbing friends included the Whittaker brothers. A lifelong outdoors-woman, her worldwide travels included living for two years in Afghanistan. Her appreciation of the outdoors was passed on to her children in numerous camping, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing adventures.

JM 'Jack' Samper | July 13, 1930–June 17, 2017

JM "Jack" Samper was born in Bogota, Colombia on July 13, 1930, the son of a prominent Colombian family and an American mother. He died June 17, 2017, in Prescott, Ariz.
He immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old and graduated from Los Angeles High School. He attended the University of California at Berkeley for four years before being drafted during the Korean War. Years later, he graduated from Linfield College.

He married Evelyn Bohren on Sept. 1, 1951, after her graduation from Berkeley. His marriage produced five children, Anne, Robin, Karen, Tracy, and Mark. All either graduated from the University of Oregon, Oregon State, or OHSU. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with another expected in August.

He worked in the wood products field for California Plywood in Emeryville and Georgia Pacific in Berkeley, San Diego, and Portland. When Georgia Pacific announced it was moving to Atlanta, Jack left Georgia Pacific and went to work as a vice president for PacifiCorp in Portland. He retired after 10 years.

Upon retirement, he moved to Vancouver, Washington, Redmond, Bend, and finally Prescott, Arizona.

Jack had many friends among his co-workers and neighbors. He was active as a Scout Master and Explorer Post Advisor as well as serving on the Board of Goodwill Industries and as a climb Leader for the Mazamas in Portland. He successfully summited the 16 major Northwest peaks! He ran in the Portland Marathon. He traveled extensively to six continents to climb, hike, and explore both by himself and with his loving wife.

Janet Martin Gadsby | Sept. 9, 1925–May 30, 2017

Janet Martin Gadsby died peacefully and quietly at home in Portland. She was born in the picturesque hamlet of Leavenworth, Washington, on the eastern slopes of the Cascades to Maida Witt Martin and William J. Martin. In 1943, she graduated from Wenatchee High School and was crowned Apple Blossom Festival Princess with her twin sister Vivian. They attended their mother's alma mater, Washington State University, and Janet joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

After the war, Janet and Vivian came to Portland at the invitation of their older sister, Virginia. Janet held several jobs including an administrative position at the Veteran's Hospital. She married Walter Gadsby, Jr. in 1949. They raised three daughters: Anna, Ellen, and Elizabeth. In the early years Janet was active in the Junior League of Portland and was a dedicated room mother and scout leader. From 1965-1968 the family lived in Tokyo and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, a happy and invigorating period in Janet's life that opened many doors of cultural interest for her.

After returning to Portland, Janet joined the Portland Garden Club and followed her interests in flower arranging and native plants. She continued to study Japanese and also French. She took piano lessons, listened to jazz, and held season tickets to the Oregon Symphony for decades. She was a member of the Portland Art Museum and appreciated contemporary art, especially by local artists. She loved dancing and kept fit swimming, walking in the Hoyt Arboretum, and with aerobics classes.

Janet loved the mountains and enjoyed skiing, hiking, and natural history; she and Walter climbed Mt. Hood more than once in their younger years. She completed numerous field study trips across Oregon, and carefully documented the wildflowers, animals, and birds she observed and learned about. In the late 1980s, Janet became active in regional conservation issues, most notably campaigns to protect the Mt. Hood National Forest and, later, to preserve Neawanna Point in Clatsop County. Her excellent writing and language skills served these causes well.

In 1984, Janet undertook an Outward Bound course on the Rogue River. In 1989 she traveled to Nepal to join a women's trek up the Annapurna Valley to over 12,000 feet: at 64, she was the oldest member of the group, and the only one to reach their goal. In 1995, at nearly 70, Janet climbed Mount St. Helens to meet eligibility requirements and proudly joined the Mazamas. Walter accompanied her on numerous natural history trips including one to Alaska, which they enjoyed tremendously. Janet found beauty in all natural things, whether grand or small: she was able to derive joy from a bright autumn leaf or fallen feather.

Janet's twin sister, Vivian Martin; sister, Virginia McCutcheon Haynes; and brother, George Martin preceded her in death. Her husband, Walter; daughters; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews survive her, and will strive to carry her gracious spirit always.