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Grouped obituaries for week of 8-21-13

Marty Ray Carroll

June 8, 1962 – August 1, 2013

Madras resident Marty Ray Carroll passed away Aug. 2, 2013, at the age of 51.

Marty was born on June 8, 1962, to Donald and Arlene Carroll, in Burns. He graduated from Crook County High School in 1981 and then joined the U.S. Army.

At the time of his death, Marty was a disabled veteran. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Marty is survived by his mother, Arlene Black of Prineville; and sisters, Georgeanne Carroll of Madras, and Correnna Armstrong of Clackamas. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Ray Carroll.

Services were held in Burns on Aug. 19, at the Burns Cemetery, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

Marty will be forever remembered by friends and family as a loving and caring person, and will be greatly missed.

Donald Wayne Heckathorn

March 19, 1949 – August 14, 2013

Madras resident Donald “Don” Wayne Heckathorn, 64, died Aug. 14, 2013, from injuries sustained from a motor vehicle crash which occurred on Aug. 8, 2013.

Don Heckathorn was born in Nampa, Idaho, March 19, 1949, to the parents Margaret and Robert Heckathorn. Don’s family moved to the Madras area in 1950, stayed for about two years, then returned to Idaho until their final move to Oregon in 1962. Don graduated from Madras High School in 1967 and received an associate’s degree in automotive technology from Central Oregon Community College in 1969.

Through the 1970s, Don worked for Warm Springs Forest Products, and along with his father and two brothers, he began volunteering with the Madras Volunteer Fire and Ambulance and earned an emergency medical technician certificate.

In 1980, Don moved his family to the Beaverton area and went to work for Metro West Ambulance. There, Don trained to become a paramedic, alongside his brother George, and became a licensed paramedic in 1984.

Don returned to Madras in 1987, and became the assist chief of Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services in 1990, reuniting him with his brother George, who was then chief. Don himself became chief in 2007, two months after his brother stepped down.

Don married Elizabeth Morgan on Jan. 26, 2013, and was at the peak of his professional and personal life at the time of his death.  Don was a true role model for volunteerism, not only teaching and training persons in EMS, but also volunteering in his community as a reserve officer for nine years with the Madras Police Department, and for seven years as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. For many years, Don was highly involved with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Don enjoyed taking vacations, the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth Heckathorn; sons Rex and Marc Heckathorn;  six grandchildren; sisters, Debbie Richardson, Peggy Baker, and Karen Baker; and brothers, Larry and Dale Heckathorn. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and brother George.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Jefferson County Middle School, 1180 Kemper Way, in Madras.

Memorial donations can be made at Bank of the West in his name for funds to go towards the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Research, and Donate Life Northwest.

Jerry Howard Williams

June 19, 1950 – August 11, 2013

Metolius resident Jerry Howard Williams, 63, passed away Aug. 11, 2013. A gathering to celebrate Jerry will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Desert Inn in Metolius.

Laura Despina Tsarnas

March 11, 1956 - August 2, 2013

Madras resident Laura Despina Tsarnas passed away Aug. 2, 2013, at the age of 57.

Laura joins her daughter Sarah Pribble and her mother Elaine Tsarnas, who preceded Laura, in her journey to be with our Lord.

Laura is survived by her children Christopher Pribble and Jenny Dubanoski; brothers, Chris Tsarnas and David and Fritz Hoehn; sister, Roxane Dunn; grandchildren, Brady Thompson and Gavin Masters; and aunts, Dee Coe and Arti Frangos.

Laura’s last years were full of peace and happiness with her children and her family. She brought a ray of sunshine, laughter and love to all who knew her.

She will be greatly missed.



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