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Obituaries for 5-8-13

Wilma 'Geri' BilyouWilma Geraldine (Geri) Alan Morgan Bilyou

January 5, 1927 – April 10, 2013

Wilma Geraldine (Geri) Alan Morgan Bilyou, 86, went home to be with the Lord on April 10, 2013, of natural causes. Geri was born on Jan. 5, 1927, in Jackson County, Ala., to John Ruben and Mabel (McCormick) Alan.

Survivors include her husband, Doc Halliday; son, Carl Morgan; sisters, Willie Mae and Jean; grandchildren, Dalena, Rocky and Melissa; great-grandchildren Jeffery, Ivan, AJ and Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ransom; son, Larry Morgan; grandson, Marcus; and great-grandson Justin.

Geri had a gift for making everyone she met feel loved and special. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be May 25, at 2 p.m., at Dayspring Christian Center, 7801 N.W. Seventh St., in Terrebonne.

Memorial contributions in her name have been suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Diabetes Association.

Jack WattsJohn “Jack” Watts

March 6, 1924 – May 5, 2013

Longtime Madras resident Jack Watts passed away at home on Sunday, May 5. He was 89.

John Morton “Jack” Watts was born in Redmond on March 6, 1924, to Carl and Nellie (Shutt) Watts. His dad was teaching at the Terrebonne grade school at the time. He was 3 months old when his family moved to Madras.

Both sets of his grandparents, James and Lillian (Ramsey) Watts and Irvin and Myrtle (Mason) Shutt, were homesteaders who were among the earliest settlers in the Madras area. Jack’s roots in Madras ran deep, as did his love for the community and its people.

Jack’s dad, who had become the grade school principal in Madras, died of cancer when Jack was 10. His mom took a job with the county assessor. She eventually became Jefferson County clerk, a position she held for 29 years.

After one year at Willamette University, Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. He was a radio and radar technician on Majuro in the Marshall Islands. After the war, he returned to his studies at Willamette and graduated in 1949 with a major in physics and a minor in sociology.

He married Marilyn Cook, a teacher at Madras Elementary School, on June 27, 1954. They had three children, John, Susan and Alan.

Jack worked for the state of Oregon and for Jefferson County in seed certification and weed control. In 1961, he went to work for Paul Rowan in his television and appliance sales and service business. He was the 33rd certified electronics technician in Oregon.

The sales and service business branched into cable television. Jack became part owner of Crestview Cable. From Madras, they expanded into Prineville. The business was sold in 1982 and Jack retired at age 58. He was recognized as one of the pioneers of cable television.

In retirement, Jack and Marilyn both have been active in community service. Madras United Methodist Church, the Madras City Planning Commission, Madras City Safety Council, Juniper Bank Board of Directors, Jefferson County Historical Society, Meals On Wheels, and providing transportation for patients through Volunteer Services kept him busy and involved.

He was recognized as Meals On Wheels Volunteer of the Year in 1997, Madras Senior Citizen of the Year in 1998, and as Jefferson County Pioneer Man in 2006. Last year, Jack and Marilyn were grand marshals of the Jefferson County Fair Parade.

Jack loved the outdoor beauty of Central Oregon. He started climbing mountains at an early age and introduced his wife and children to the mountains and the trails. He also was a serious distance runner for a number of years, competing 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 1978. He was the honorary starter for the Todd Beamer Memorial Run on July 4 last year.

All who knew Jack remember him for his kindness, integrity, friendliness, high standards, and his unique sense of humor. Years ago, The Bulletin newspaper printed a picture of the Three Sisters that had the image reversed. He wrote a letter to the editor saying how much he enjoyed looking at that picture on the wall behind his mirror while he shaved.

Jack is survived by his wife, Marilyn Watts of Madras; his children, John and wife Helen Watts of Nampa, Idaho, Susan and husband Paul Buckle of Beaverton, and Alan and wife JoAnn Watts of Bend; his brother, Lynden and wife Marilyn Watts of Bellevue, Wash.; his sister, Caryl and husband Bob Drain of Carefree, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Karah, Kelsey, Heather, Joel, Ben, Collin, Emma and Morgan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Madras United Methodist Church. A private graveside service will follow at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.

The family has suggested that memorial donations go to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209, or the Madras United Methodist Church at 49 N.E. 12th St., Madras, OR 97741.




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