Lowell Lloyd Foristall
Lowell Lloyd Forristall, 88, from the Clarkes Community of Beavercreek, Oregon, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 24, 2021. In his last years he was diagnosed with LBD (Lewey Body Dementia). Lowell was born on April 10, 1932 in Carson, Iowa to Lloyd and Louise (Best) Forristall. He was the oldest of four children. Lowell lost his mother at an early age from tuberculosis. Lowell's father married Loretta Rosberg in 1938. Lowell had one brother, Lynn Forristall (deceased) and has two sisters, Linda Bonner of Oregon City, and Barbara Bonner of Ridgefield, Washington.
Lowell moved from Carson, Iowa to Santa Monica, California and then to the Clarkes Community. He was just a teenager at the time. His family bought a farm and settled in this community. He met his lovely wife, Metta "Marlene" Marshall, also from Clarkes, and they were married in 1954. They were married 62 years before Marlene went home to be with the Lord on November 8, 2016. They raised six children: Karen Louise (Mathews) of Oregon City; Leslie LaVern (Vern) of Madras; Virginia Rae (Crowley) of Albany; James LeRoy (Jim) of Molalla; Lisa Kay (Couey) of Stockbridge, Georgia; and Lindsay Lewis of Aurora. They were also blessed with 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Lowell owned and operated many businesses in his lifetime. The only job where he worked for someone else was at JT Low's Lumber Mill in Molalla (now known as Interfor). He owned and operated his own sawmill; was a farmer who raised all types of berry crops, corn, potatoes, and alfalfa; built commercial metal buildings; and even developed a jojoba bean farm in Wellton, Arizona, after he supposedly retired at age 40.
Like so many Oregonians, he became a "snowbird" and owned a winter home in Yuma, Arizona. He also lived in Pine Hollow (near Wamic, Oregon) for several years before moving back to Clarkes where he eventually "retired".
Lowell worked hard throughout his lifetime and never even slowed down after he decided to retire. He was passionate about his work and his family. There wasn't a job or project he wouldn't get involved in. He loved people and loved to give of himself whenever and wherever he could. All you had to do was ask and he was there to lend a hand.
Lowell was dearly loved by all and we will miss his guidance, his love, his great sense of humor, his example, and his friendship. Lowell will definitely live on in a BIG way in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Connection Church, 405 Warner Parrott Road in Oregon City, Oregon. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Connection Church.