Maw was born at home in Roswell, Idaho on June 8, 1927 to Harlan and Marie Maw. He grew up in the Eastern Oregon areas of Vale and Nyssa.
Vern served in the United States Army from 1947 until 1949 and earned his GED shortly thereafter. Upon his discharge from military service, Vern enrolled at Oregon State University where he earned a degree in wildlife biology. He worked for the State of Oregon as a wildlife biologist in Summer Lake and Prineville.
Vern married Colleen Caudell, and the couple had four children. They lived in Prineville and later divorced.
On Nov. 12, 1983, Vern married Dorothy Saunders and moved to Goldendale,?Wash. where he spent several years working for Klickitat Valley hospital before retiring.
Vern lived life to the fullest and enjoyed his family and friends. He loved a good joke or playing one on someone. Vern liked hunting, fishing, and traveling with Dorothy to places all over the world. He loved flirting with all of the pretty ladies.
Vern and Dorothy enjoyed spending their retirement in Washington and Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, Colleen Wood, Darlene Witt and her husband, John, and Janice Sherman; son, Russell Maw and his wife, Collette; three stepsons, Richard Clarry and his wife, Nancy, Rob Clarry and his wife, Peggy, and Randie Clarry; grandchildren, Heather, Danielle, Tiffany, Jenny, Jodi, Jared, Winter, Maggie, Cameron, Brennan, Connor, Whitney, Shelby, Kate, Elizabeth and Becky; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Vern will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Goldendale,?Wash. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the American Legion. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Klickitat Valley Hospice or the American Legion.