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Bank president Randy Proctor dies at 55

Helped modernize the bank his family has owned since 1918
by: contributed photo, Randy Proctor

Randy Proctor, 55, president of the Clackamas County Bank, and a man who had more fun than most bank presidents, died of cancer at his home in the Cherryville area Monday, Aug. 14.

A funeral service for Proctor, who blended work and volunteerism with zany touches - he favored pink flamingos and kept a leg lamp in his office window - will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Proctor was the fourth generation at the bank his family has owned since 1918. His death came just months after the May 9 death of his father, Fred Proctor, Jr. His sister, Cathy Stuchlik, is chairwoman of the board of the bank and executive vice president, his nephews Justin and Jarrett Stuchlik work there as well. Clackamas County Bank has about 70 employees, four branches, and a new loan office in Oregon City.

'We're all devastated,' said Julie Snell, senior vice president, who joined the bank in 1974 at about the same time that Randy Proctor came to work there.

'He was always a jokester, really liked being with his friends, never knew a stranger,' she said.

Like the three generations before him, Proctor worked in the woods as a logger.

'Four generations of the family worked in the woods,' he recalled in May when he was reminiscing about the family. 'My great-grandfather (W.A. Proctor) was a bull whacker … My dad logged. I logged.'

Proctor was born March 26, 1951, in Portland to Fred and Helen (Moore) Proctor and was raised in the Boring area where he attended grade school. He graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1969. An avid hunter, he grew up in the outdoors.

'We didn't know you could go on vacation and not have to bring home food,' he said of his growing up years.

'He was always a good friend, no matter what station you were in life, no matter what background you were…' said his friend and neighbor of 28 years, Jack Strand.

'He was just like a big kid,' Strand said. 'He had a great sense of humor. He didn't take things so seriously that he couldn't play. He had this wonderful life. I spent some time with him very recently and that humor came out right up to the end.'

Proctor also enjoyed the challenges of banking, though he reflected recently that his father made lending decisions based on character.

'These days, you can't loan on character,' he mused. 'It's against the law.'

He took his administrative skills into the community, serving on the Sandy Library board of directors between 1993 and 2002 and as president for four years. He was a strong supporter of Mt. Hood Hospice, where he was on the board 20 years and chairman for six years.

'Randy was a good administrator,' said Lindy Smith, executive director of the Mt. Hood Hospice. 'He was board chairman when I came in 1988. We started out as a volunteer organization. Under his tutelage we became a viable corporation. We were doing our financial statements by hand. By the end of Randy's chairmanship, we were up and running on a computer.'

Proctor attended Mt. Hood Community College and was in the Army from 1971 to 1972. In 1978 he graduated from Northwest Intermediate Banking School, and in 1990 from Pacific Coast Banking School. In the early 1980s he was self-employed in the concrete fabrication business in Northwest Stepping Stones. He rejoined the bank in 1985 and was promoted to president in 1988. In 1990, he was the state chairman of the American Institute of Banking.

In 1982 he married Jeanette Bock in Sandy. They were later divorced.

He enjoyed vintage motorcycles, working with his horses, his Eastern Oregon getaway at Sparta and the family home at Hood Canal in Washington.

'He knew everybody in town and never met a stranger,' Snell said.

He is survived by his daughter, Sara Proctor of Portland, sister, Cathy Stuchlik of Sandy.

The family suggests contribution in his name to Mt. Hood Hospice.

Sandy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.