Obituaries for Nov. 5


Daniel Martin Clendenon

Nov. 14, 1949-Oct. 19, 2011

East County resident Daniel Martin Clendenon, 61, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, of complications from a spinal cord injury.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Mt. Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1001 S.E. 60th Ave., Portland.

Dan was born Nov. 14, 1949, in St. Helena, Calif., to Luther and Jeanne (Spataford) Clendenon. Dan spent his early childhood in the Simi Valley area and then moved with his family to Quincy, Calif., in northern California's Sierra Mountains. He attended Lodi Adventist Academy in Lodi, Calif., and graduated from Laurelwood Adventist Academy in Gaston in 1968. He received his bachelor's degree in graphic arts from Walla Walla University in 1972.

In 1973, Dan married Mary Bakke. They were divorced. He married Effie Figart in 1981. They later divorced. On Feb. 17, 2002, Dan married Evelyn Aranco.

Dan worked as a printer in several Portland companies including Wellsource and Bridgetown Printing. In 1992 while working at Bridgetown Printing, Dan had an accident that caused a spinal cord injury. After extensive rehabilitation, Dan regained partial use of all four limbs and remained active with a specially equipped van.

Dan's many hobbies and interests included gardening, traveling, the outdoors, painting, music, studying history, math and trying different cuisines. His desire to assist and uplift others was a driving force of his life.

Survivors include his wife; stepdaughters, Mellie Rose Larios of Portland and Rebecca Swanston of Vancouver, Wash.; stepson, Doran Figart of Vancouver; father and stepmother, Luther and Marian (Kraxberger) Clendenon of Beaverton; stepmother, Nellie (Lowry) Hoey of Gaston; sisters and brothers, Patricia Leeson of Vancouver, Marlee Clendenon of Portland, David Clendenon of Beaverton, Steven Clendenon of Teignmouth, England, Marcia Birch of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rollin Woodruff of Gaston; and eight step-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Portland Adventist Community Services, 11020 N.E. Halsey St., Portland, 97220.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty Jane 'BJ' Bateman

Jan. 30, 1934-Oct. 31, 2011

Damascus resident Betty Jane 'BJ' Bateman, 77, died Monday, Oct. 31.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Rose City Park Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St., Portland.

BJ was a gifted writer whose last book, 'Keep on Dancin', ' is a story of her determined battle to live well as her life and body diminished with MPA, an autoimmune disease that affects the lungs. She believed herself the 'queen of overcoming life's roadblocks' in describing her fight with her disease, which destroyed her retirement plans for riding a new bike on the Springwater Trail.

'Life may not always be the party we'd hope for, but while we're here we might as well dance,' she wrote.

She joked that her obituary would say 'that she was frequently confused with beautiful Sophia Loren.' One of her gripes with her illness was having to don elastic-waist slacks.

BJ was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Borger, Texas, to David and Exa Douphrate. BJ's story about her mother was published in an anthology of works about mothers.

In 1953, she married Ted Bateman, and they moved to Portland. They moved to Damascus 34 years ago. While raising three children, BJ founded the Power and Praise Liturgical Dance Co. She was a pioneer in liturgical dance, beginning in the days when churches preferred the term 'dance choir.'

She supported her husband as he became president of Northwest Retreaders, and became a published author with several short stories and numerous awards for her writing. In the months before her death, her first novel 'Under the Shadow of the Lone Star' was published.

BJ traveled the world, but her favorite place was Cannon Beach. She was devoted to her church and community and spent countless hours supporting her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; children, Diane Thompson of Happy Valley, Randy Bateman of Portland and Jodi Eichler of Damascus; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations can be made to Meals-On-Wheels (where she was a driver until illness kept her from getting behind the wheel), care of Loaves and Fishes Centers Inc., P.O. Box 19477, Portland, 97219-0477; or to Faith United Methodist Church, 27400 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, 97060.

Heritage Memorial of Portland is handling arrangements.

Vernon Edgar Dueck

Jan. 2, 1929-Oct. 19, 2011

Gresham resident Vernon Edgar Dueck, 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 19.

A private service will be held.

Vernon was born Jan. 2, 1929, to Frank and Lena (Wittenberg) Dueck in Shafter, Calif., where he was raised and educated.

On Dec. 30, 1952, he married Geraldine Gerbrandt in Meno, Okla.

Vernon taught high school in California for 30 years and worked at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, Calif., for 20 years before retiring in Gresham six years ago. He enjoyed spending summer vacations with his family at Hume Lake in the Sierras for many years.

Survivors include his wife; children, Rosemary Cowan of Gresham, Dwight Dueck of Lancaster, Calif., and Christy St. Clair of Portland; brother, Reynold Dueck of Redding, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to missions at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1888, Gresham, 97030.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Keith Allen Guinn

May 16, 1930-Oct. 26, 2011

East County resident Keith Allen Guinn, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Portland.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A private burial will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Keith was born May 16, 1930, in Portland to Norman and Doris (Wiley) Guinn. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and finished his education at Lewis and Clark College in 1957.

On June 17, 1951, he married Edmo Ann Shelton in Portland.

Keith worked as an accountant. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, cigars, gardening, Hawaii and baseball. He was an interested observer of politics.

Survivors include his wife; children, Cathy Rudd of Lake Oswego, Karen Guinn of Scottsdale, Ariz., and David Guinn of Portland; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to David's Harp, 11261 N.E. Knott St., Portland, 97220.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.