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  • The Classes of 1953 and 1954 have taken to meeting every two years, the Saturday before the All-Class Reunions in July. The next one will be in July of 2013. The pictures below the individual biographies are from the 2005 reunion.

    2003 reunion

    Class of 1953 reunion in 2003

    pictures biography
    Elizabeth DaPron senior photo

    Elizabeth DaPron in 2003

    [July 20, 2005]
    Elizabeth (DaPron) Wright
    740 Fairview Loop,
    Cottage Grove OR 97424
    Comments: have lived in the Cottage Grove area since 1973. After graduation I worked for the telephone company as a long distance operator. I married a short time later and had 2 children, a daughter Betsy and a son David. Both children live close by and are in their 40's. When my children were old enough I returned to LCC and got a degree in nursing. Worked in a care center, doctor's office, and was director of nursing at a local nursing home. My husband James Wright (Jim) designed automatic carbide saw sharpeners used in mills and saw shops and we opened a business in 1980 named Wright Machine Tool Co.,Inc. at 365 Palmer Ave. in Cottage Grove. Jim and I both worked in the company until 2003 when Jim my husband was killed in a replica of Howard Hughes H1 racer which he and his team had built in Cottage Grove. Due to the type of business we owned I sold the Company in 2004 to Burton Saw of Eugene Oregon who can oversee the operation and continue with new product development. I spend my time doing volunteer work with Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove, Cottage Grove Hosp. Cottage Grove Rotary and other community projects.

    --Betty Wright

    Joe DaPron recent photo with his wife Allene Wheeler

    [July 22, 2003]
    Joe DaPron

    E-mail: adapron@juno.com

    Marital Status: Married

    Spouse Name: Allene (Wheeler)

    [updated with 50th anniversary picture. Posted 2/15/05]

    Mickey Davison senior photo

    Mickey Davison 50th anniversary photo with her husband

    Marian "Mickey" (Davison) Hedges

    the following appeared in the June 29, 2004 edition of the Eugene Register Guard in the 50th anniversary section:

    Micky and Dick Hedges of Eugene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 3 with an open house hosted by their children at Camelot Village in Eugene.
    The couple were married April 3, 1954, in Trent. They have lived in this area for 50 years. Their children and spouses are Pam [PHHS class of '73] Poling of Eugene, Jackie ['77] and Guy Austin of Pleasant Hill; and Rick ['75] and Kim Hedges of Marcola. The couple have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    He worked for Kendall Ford for 45 years before retiring. He was member of the Eagles.
    She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center for many years, worked as a school nurse for Pleasant Hill Schools, and worked at the Lakeside Clinic for seven years until retirement. She is a member of the Eagles and a former member of the Elks. She served on the board of directors for the Eugene Women's Bowling Association.

    From a January 2011 Register-Guard:

    Marian T. “Mickey” Hedges of Eugene died Jan. 4, 2011 of complications following a stroke. She was 75. No service was planned.
    She was born Oct. 8, 1935, in San Jose, Calif., to Bud and Elaine Gould Davison. She married Charles Hedges on April 3, 1954, in Dexter.
    She held an Associate’s Degree in nursing from Lane Community College. She worked as a nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and at the Lakeside Clinic in Dexter [as well as being the school nurse for Pleasant Hill Schools for many years].
    Survivors include her husband; a son, Rick of Marcola; two daughters, Pam Poling of Springfield and Jackie Austin of Parker, Ariz.; two sisters, Gayle Rogers of Eugene and Kelly Coder of Springfield; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Andreason’s Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield

    Richard Hartman
    The funeral was held Jan. 20, 1997 for Richard F. Hartman of Eugene, who died Jan. 17, 1997 of heart failure, he was 61.
    He was born Jan. 27,1935, to Arthur and Mabel Rosenbaugh Hartman. He married Carolyn Vander-steen in Medford on May 19,1984.
    Hartman moved to Eugene In the late 1950s. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1953 and attended the University of Oregon, studying engineering for three years.
    He worked as a Fleet Service mechanic for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing and piloting single-engine planes. He belonged to the Single Trees Square Dance Club, First Baptist Church in Eugene and a pinochle club. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Nancy Ush of Creswell, Shirley Southworth of Eugene and Sherry Swezey of Brownsville; a son, Ronald of Springfield; a brother, Denny of Talent; two sisters, Ruth Green of North Bend and Cricket Swafford of Centre, Ala.; and 13 grandchildren.
    The funeral was at Lane Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and burial at Lane Memorial Gardens.

    Charlene Kizer senior photo

    Charlene Kizer recent photo

    [March 29, 2003]
    Charlene (Kizer) Winebrenner
    3876 Jasper Road
    Springfield, OR 97478
    Marital Status: Widowed
    Spouse Name: Ken
    Children: 3 and 3 grandchildren
    [May 13, 2007]

    Carole Matthews senior picture

    Carole Matthews recent picture

    [June 17, 2005]
    Carole Matthews

    Shirley Mertz's senior picture

    [July 21, 2003]
    Shirley (Mertz) Wayne
    24200 NE Zard Lane
    Newberg, OR 97132
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse Name: Dick
    Children: 4 and 1 granddaughter

    Doug Nice's senior photo

    Doug Nice and wife Dola (Smith)

    Doug Nice and wife Dola Smith Nice

    [July 22, 2003]
    Doug Nice
    E-mail: Dolanice@msn.com
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse Name: Dola (Smith)
    50th Anniversay from Eugene Register Guard, 8/8/04:

    Doug and Dola Nice of Eugene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversay August 7th with an open house at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
    The couple were married August 5th, 1954, in Dexter. Their children and their spouses are Carrie (PHHS '74) and Dean Ervin of Escondido; Starr Nice ('75) of of Hermiston; Doug ('77) and Sandra Nice of Pleasant Hill; and Pam ('80) and Asher Sarjent and Amber ('96) and Jonathan Huwe, all of Portland. The couple have eight grandchildren.
    Before his retirement, he was the owner of Doug Nice's Tire Service. He worked as a mechanic and tire dealer for local logging companies. In his teen years, he worked in logging with horses.
    She was a homemaker. She was the owner of Dola Mae's Antiques and Collectables and, when she was first married, worled as a beautician. Both are members of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. [8/8/04]

    Dola Smith senior picture

    [July 22, 2003]
    Dola (Smith) Nice

    E-mail: Dolanice@msn.com

    Marital Status: Married

    Spouse Name: Doug Nice

    Allene Wheeler senior picture

    [July 22, 2003]
    Allene (Wheeler) Dapron

    E-mail: adapron@juno.com

    Marital Status: Married

    Spouse Name: Joe Dapron [February 18, 2005]

    [May 4, 2012]

    Betty (Wicks) Martinson

    On April 27, 2012 the Lord took our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and Matriarch of the Martinson family, Betty Martinson. She was born to Walter and Doris Wicks Jan 2, 1935 in Wendling, OR.

    (pictures at left are her sophomore yearbook, senior yearbook, and 2005 reunion).

    She died at the age of 77 of Pancreatic Cancer after a battle that was valiantly fought.

    At the age of 4, Betty and her family moved to the Jasper Mill site where she lived through her teenage years and had some very fond memories.

    At age 19 she married The Love of her Life Don Martinson, she stated "He had the cutest green 41 Chevy Club Coupe car and he wasn't bad looking either". When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up Betty said, "A Wife and a Mother". Betty expanded that to grandmother and great-grandmother.

    On March 26th, Don and Betty celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary. Betty spent most of her life as a housewife, mother, avid gardener, and center point for her expanding family. Betty was the Hub of the family, every important decision made by any family member was run by Betty first and her sound opinions and a steady council were always positive and non-judgmental. Betty will be dearly missed by all who knew her!

    She is survived by her husband, Don Martinson of Eugene. Daughters: Cindy Brown and Tammy Crafton, both of Eugene. Brother, Floyd Wicks of Glen Eden Beach, OR. Grandchildren: Connie Morris of Yakima, WA; Bridgett Morris of Eugene; and Kevin Crafton of Escondido, CA. Great grandchildren: Austen Morris-Cole of Eugene, and Graison Sherman-Morris of Yakima, WA.

    A public viewing at Lane Memorial Gardens was set for May 4 from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by her funeral service. Friends and family were invited to gather for a potluck at the home of Terry and Tammy Crafton after the services.

    Donations can be made to Cascade Hospice in memory of Betty Martinson.Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy

    those who have passed on

    If you would like to share memories of these alumns below, send them to Richard Adams

    Albert Burbee senior photo

    Albert Burbee

    Richard Hartman senior photo

    Richard Hartman

    James Kimball senior photo

    James Kimball recent photo

    [May 7, 2005]
    James F. Kimball

    of Dexter died May 2. 2005 of brain cancer. He was 69.
    He was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Eugene, to Frank and Hetty Wheeler Kimball. He was married to Frances David for 40 years. She died Feb. 6, 2005.
    A lifelong resident of Dexter, Kimball graduated from Pleasant Hill High School and attended Oregon State University.
    He worked in his family's lumber mill and worked as a custom builder. He was the building superintendent for Oregon Eye Associates in Eugene.
    He was an inventor and enjoyed caring for his family and spending time outdoors.
    Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Wagner of Prineville and Dixie Palmer of Dexter; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Private burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene ws in charge of arrangements.
    In lieu of of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Jerry Robberson senior photo

    Jerry Robberson

    Chuck (Larry) Britten '54 writes in memory of Dale:

    Jerry was a quiet person with a shy smile. He was not particularly athletic, but he lettered in three different sports. Although only 6' tall, he played center on the basketball team. He played end on the football team. I don't remember what position he played on the baseball team. While not naturally gifted as an athlete, he overcame that with hard work and never gave up. Jerry was also a member of the glee club and was on a barbershop quartet with Dale McCormick, Jerry Vrooman and myself. He was always a lot of fun, even while being serious. I lost track of Jerry after High School, but will never forget his lopsided smile and friendliness.

    Dale McCormick senior photo

    Dale McCormick

    The DaProns report that his passing was after a long battle with ALS. He died on October 8, 2004.

    Chuck (Larry) Britten '54 writes in memory of Dale:

    I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dale. Dale, or "Big Mac" as some of us knew him by, was a unique person. Big, friendly, loyal and popular. He was 6'2" tall, I believe, and weighed around 248 pounds. Not very fat. Just big. Good football player. Also put the shot for the track team. Never had a bad word to say about anybody that I ever heard of. He even played basketball on our church team. Always had a smile on his face, and who could ever forget his "Tarzan" yell? Dale and I skipped school one day and went to Janzen Beach in Portland (remember that Liz?). I only saw him twice after high school, but he was the same ol' Big Mac. Knowing I will never see him again leaves a big void.
    I believe he was married and had children, but have no names or dates. He told me he worked at General Trailers in Springfield. Last I knew, he lived in Springfield. He joined the army after HS, or he could have been drafted. He visited PHHS when he was on leave. Looked skinny as he weighed "only" 225 lbs. Meant to tell you earlier, Dale was a winner, and a "oner". There never be anyone else like him. - Chuck (Larry) Britten "54

    Raymond Sorenson senior photo

    Raymond Sorenson

    Eila Staples' senior picture

    Eila Staples

    Class of 1963 in 2005

    Class of 1953 in 2005

    Class of 1953 in 2005, second group

    1953 again.

    1953 women in 2005 only

    The 1953 women in 2005

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