Saturday, January 26, 2019

Susan Nelson-Jones | Feb. 6, 1933–Dec. 20, 2018

by Keith Mischke

Mazama Susan Jones-Nelson passed away Dec. 20, 2018 at the age of eighty-five. She was born on February 6, 1933, in Vancouver, Washington and passed away in Bend, Oregon after a short illness. Her 85 years was a life lived to the fullest! A defining event in her life occurred as a teenager when she was selected as a counselor at Camp Tamarack in the central Oregon Cascades. Being a city girl this was her first real exposure to the out-of-doors. She was immediately taken in by the beauty of the forests, mountains, and rivers. The rest of her life reflected this love.
Susan had four daughters: Shannon, Heather, Kelly, and Erin, in which she instilled the love of the beauty of nature. Susan was a teacher in the Portland area schools. She was a talented artist specializing in pottery, quilting, beading, and painting. Susan was an avid reader enjoying many subjects.

Susan joined the Mazamas in 1976 after climbing Mount St. Helens. With the Mazamas she served on the Banquet, Nordic Skiing, Whitewater and Outing committees and was elected to the Executive Council in 1984. She taught climbing, nordic skiing, and whitewater rafting. She was selected to be a climb leader when there were not many women leading climbs. She led many new members on their official membership climb. It was during this time that she met Mazama Lon Nelson. They were married on June 18, 1988.

After her climbing career was over she and Lon enjoyed traveling in the Southwest in their RV, taking cruises around the world, and admiring the views from their home on the Deschutes River. Her many Mazama friend’s lives were enriched by knowing this very capable lady.

Dr. Edward "Ed" McAninch | Nov. 9, 1925–Dec. 27, 2018

Ed McAninch, Dick Miller, and Jack Grauer at the
May 2018 Mazama Annual Celebration.
Longtime Mazama Dr. Edward “Ed” McAninch passed away on December 27, 2018. He was 93 years old. Known as an enthusiastic outdoorsman, Ed joined the Mazamas in 1966. Besides climbing, Ed hiked with the Osprey’s and was active with Boy Scout Troop 312. Fellow Mazama Ray Sheldon remembers meeting Ed on a climb of North and Middle Sister in the late 1960s. During the climb, a fellow mountaineer fell and broke his pelvis. Ed, a trained medical doctor, stayed with the man during the descent, providing care and camaraderie to a fellow climber. Ed earned his Guardian Peak award in 1966, his Seven Oregon Peaks award in 1970, and his 16 Northwest Peaks award in 1978. Ed and his wife of 66 years, Eddie, traveled the world extensively, with Ed’s adventures taking him to all seven continents over the course of his lifetime. In 1976 Ed stepped up to help lead a Mazama Outing to the Swiss Alps after the unexpected death of the outing leader in a car crash. Working with a foreign exchange student he knew, Ed was able to make the necessary arrangements and communicate with both the Swiss and the French.
Ed, undated.
Ed served on the Climbing Committee between 1971–1974. In the early 1980s, Ed helped revive the mountain rescue group that eventually became known as Portland Mountain Rescue. Ed was very proud to have helped save volunteer-based mountain rescue on Mount Hood. He served on the Mazama Executive Council between 1983 to 1985, serving as secretary in 1985. Ed was a staunch defender of the environment and participated actively in political demonstrations. While on the council, he helped facilitate the Ellis Trust. The trust awarded twelve thousand dollars that year to protect areas on the Sandy and Deschutes Rivers as well as buy the tract of land to preserve the Pillars of Hercules in the Columbia River Gorge. In 1988 he served as chair of the Bylaws Committee and was a member of the Nordic Committee. Ed remained active in the Mazamas, attending many Classic events and luncheons in recent years. In keeping with his love of the outdoors in general and the Pacific Northwest in particular, his family will host an outdoor celebration of life in the spring of 2019.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Neal Keefer, 1947–2018

Longtime Mazama Neal Keefer passed away suddenly on December 5, 2018, while on a bike ride. He was 71 years old. Born in Portland, he attended Sunset High School, Portland State University, and earned an Engineering Degree from Portland Community College. He made a career in design and management working for area shipping and manufacturing companies.

Neal joined the Mazamas in 1982 after completing a Mazamas Basic School climb of Mount Hood. Over the next thirty years, Neal was active across the organization. In 1988 he joined the Lodge Committee, where he served until 1993. In 1991 Neal started leading hikes for the Mazamas, he led twenty-six hikes over the next twenty-one years. In 1995, Neal became a Mazama climb leader and over the next ten years he led, or assisted on, climbs up peaks across the Northwest.

In 1994 Neal joined the Conservation Committee. As chairman, he tackled a diverse array of issues ranging from testifying against the expansion of the urban growth boundary, protesting the Forest Services timber sale at Enola Hill, supporting the Oregon Clean Streams Initiative, and combatting the expansion of Mt. Hood Meadows ski area. Neal’s efforts on the Conservation Committee earned him great respect among the Mazamas and they showed their appreciation by awarding him the Montague Conservation Award in 1997. He later rejoined the Conservation Committee in 2004 and helped co-organize and run the Melting Mountains Conference in 2007, which first brought awareness of Global Warming issues on glaciers and mountains to the Mazamas.

In 2008 Neal joined the Outings Committee, served on the Mazama Mountaineering Center’s Solar Panel Task Force and was an instructor for the Nordic Ski School. Neal also served on the Bylaws Committee in 2011 and the Governing Documents Committee in 2012. He will be deeply missed by the Mazamas community.

There will be a memorial service for Neal on December 29th at 4:00 pm at the Milwaukie Community Club, 10666 SE 42nd, Milwaukie (SE 42nd and Jackson). His family asks that any remembrances be given in the form of funds or elbow grease to environmental preservation causes. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Lewis McArthur | May 22, 1917–Aug. 29, 2018

by Craig Chisholm, Mazama Lifetime Member

The Oregonian had a well-written article, worth reading, describing the accomplishments of this remarkable, good, honest and honorable man: historian, compiler of Oregon Geographic Names, mountaineer, and more. I wish to add for our particular audience a description of what I saw of his life as a mountaineer.

Lewis McArthur and my father, Colin Chisholm, a fellow member and a past president of the Mazamas, were the best of friends. From my earliest days, I can recall my father speaking of “an outing with Lew this weekend if the weather permits.” Those two mountaineers led myself and others on wonderful adventures into the hills, climbing, hiking, and camping. These were always of some effort, sometimes wet and cold character builders, and ever lessons on the skills of mountaineering and of conversation. It was during that “second golden age of mountaineering,” when the first ascents were being made of the last great peaks when permits and passes were unknown, and the height of conservation was to burn your trash and bury your cans.

I can recall many stories told by Lew and his friends of the “greatest generation” about their times in the war, particularly of Lew’s days as an army intelligence officer in the wind-swept Aleutians, awaiting a landing from the Japanese grand fleet. History, politics, and poetry, of which Lew had a great store from memory, as well as manners, climates, fire-building, and governments were among the topics. All the while there was the teaching of the ways of the mountains: routes, considerations of equipment--mostly WWII surplus, the weather, technique, and the conditions of the mountains. Sometimes, after safely down to the timber after an unsuccessful attempt but sulking in our tents, he would philosophize that “the mountain will still be there.” These were happy times, filled with the best of memories.

When last we spoke Lew was delighted to recall those memories in the mountains. He smiled as they crossed his mind. He didn’t have a favorite peak he said, each climb was remarkable in its own way. He also gave the advice that if you climb without haste, plan well, and take care to every step you can pretty much go anywhere. In all our adventures he would follow Edmund Whymper’s sage words, from the first golden age of mountaineering:

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

One climb, which I most indelibly recall, toward the end of Lew’s climbing career, was a glorious climb of Hungabee, above Lake Louise. In perfect weather, he led us across the mountain’s face on narrow ledges that dropped off to eternity. Approaching the summit, we both mistook the route and ended up at a strikingly steep pitch. To my immense relief, Lew thought better of it, we retraced our steps and successfully tried a more cunning and prudent approach. In all our years, though sometimes cold and damp, we never had a serious accident nor a cross word. Lew was a good companion in our close community of mountaineers. He had a remarkable intellect and was a reliable, steady climber.
The times we had together in the mountains were one of the greatest of life’s gifts. But all created things change. We may grow old, even too old, but still remain the pleasant memories of the days in the hills.

Lewis L. McArthur joined the Mazamas in 1964 and was a member until 1987. In 1991 wrote an article titled “Silcox Hut: then and now” for the 1991 Mazama Annual. Many will remember him as the featured speaker at the Mazamas Centennial Celebration in 1994. Besides the Mazamas, Lewis was also a member of the Alpine Club of Canada and the American Alpine Club.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jim Craig | 1921–Oct. 25, 2017

Longtime Mazama Jim Craig passed away at the age of 96 on October 25, 2017. Mountain climbing and downhill skiing were Jim's passions. Jim joined the Mazamas in 1954. He received many Mazama climbing and leadership awards including the Guardian Peaks in 1955, the Oregon Cascades in 1957, and the 16 Major Northwest Peaks in 1959. 

Jim was a lecturer and instructor for the Mazama Basic Climbing School between 1959 and 1972. With his good friends, Don Eastman, Clint and Dorothy Harrington, and his children, he climbed well over 150 peaks and skied at over 140 areas in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The First Baptist Church in McMinnville will hold a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017. Memorial donations are suggested to the church or scholarships for kids through the McMinnville Kiwanis Club. To leave condolences, please visit   

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lonay “Lon” Nelson | Dec. 29, 1930–Oct. 11, 2017

Lonay “Lon” M. Nelson, age 86, of Redmond, Oregon, passed away on October 11, 2017, after an unexpected illness. Son of Arthur and Bernice (Weiler) Nelson, he was born and raised in Forreston, Illinois.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS in mechanical engineering, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Engineering Corps, stationed in Germany. After discharge, he spent his working life as a mechanical engineer and manager of production facilities in Scotland, Belgium and the United States, ultimately retiring to his playground in Central Oregon.

He was a seeker of adventure, spending his free time in the mountains and on the rivers of the Northwest. Lon was a lifelong Mazama member, having joined the Mazamas in 1971. He was an active climb leader from 1977 to 1992. He earned the Guardian Peaks Award in 1976, the Oregon Peaks award in 1977, and the 16 Major NW Peaks award in 1977. He was awarded the 5-point leadership award in 1979, and the 15-point leadership award in 1989. He served on the Mazama Executive Council from 1983 to 1985, was Mazama Treasurer in 1984 and 1985. He also served one year on both the Whitewater (1987) and Financial Affairs (1987) Committees. He was the coordinator of the Intermediate Climbing School in 1977. 

In addition to climbing all 16 major NW peaks, he rafted most of the NW rivers, taking many along with him and regaling others with tales of his travels. He completed his bucket list by circumnavigating the globe, with a side trip to Antarctica. Other passions included music, wilderness conservation, snow skiing, canyons of the Southwest and his beloved 1966 Sunbeam Tiger.

He is survived by his children, Brent, Blair, Lauren, Sander, Miel; his wife, Susan; and her children, Shannon, Kelly, Heather, Erin; his first wife, Priscilla Nelson; brother, Canden Nelson; sisters, Darlene Demetrick and Caroline Kilgore. Brother, “Bud” Nelson, predeceases him. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Marty Crouch | July 1, 1947–Sept. 11, 2017

Marty Crouch was an electrical engineer, a manager, a life coach, an entrepreneur, a husband, a father, a friend, and a life-long learner. He died in his home on September 11, 2017 at age 70.

Marty grew up on a farm near Roseburg, Oregon, completed a degree in electrical engineering at OSU and was employed for many years at the Bonneville Power Administration.

His love of the outdoors was an overarching theme in his life. In 1969 he took the Mazamas Basic Course, and in 1970 he completed Mazama climbs of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Washington. He revived his interest in mountaineering in the early 1990s as part of a multi-year process of self exploration and renewal. This led to another series of Mazama climbs in the summer of 1994 when he climbed Mt. Daniel, Three Fingered Jack, and Mt. Washington; the latter two led by Richard Caldwell. He also completed several other independent and solo climbs in Oregon and the Northwest. He remained a Mazama member throughout his life.

Marty had a deep commitment to the environment and expressed that through how he lived his own life; always seeking to leave his corner of the world better than he found it. This commitment and his attraction to nature were part of his lifelong spiritual seeking and his desire to understand the mysteries of life. This led him to explore several different spiritual and religious traditions and to pursue programs of personal transformation. Shortly after marriage to his second wife, Eddy, in 1996 they together became interested in Quakerism, and found a lasting home at Multnomah Friends Meeting, where they became members. There Marty served an important role in managing the renovation and addition project of 2007. During this period his connection with Mazamas served an important role, as the Multnomah Friends temporarily met on Sundays in the Mazama Mountaineering Center.

Marty is survived by his wife Eddy Marie Crouch, his daughter Corina Kaul, son Chad Crouch, sister Kathleen Pedersen, brother Glen Crouch, sister Annette Harper, first wife Linda Pickett, and five grandchildren.

The memorial service for Marty will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. at The Multnomah Friends Meeting House at 4312 SE Stark Street in Portland. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Solar Oregon would be appreciated.