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August 6, 1930 - December 9, 2021 - Otis S. Tallan Jr., 91, passed peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2021.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Otis S. Tallan, Jr.Otis S. Tallan Jr., 91, passed peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2021.

Otis was born on August 6, 1930 to Otis Sr. and Mildred Tallan in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in the Des Moines area and graduated from Urbandale High School in 1948. After graduation he spent a year in college studying Business Administration. In 1950 Otis enlisted in the Air Force, serving during the Korean War. During his service, Otis was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. After his discharge in 1954, Otis spent a short time in Colorado and Alaska. He then moved to Portland, Oregon where he started his career in banking.

Otis met his wife Joan in 1960 while they were both working at the Multnomah Bank in Portland. They were married on April 15, 1961 and enjoyed 60 years together. Otis and Joan were blessed with four children; Donald, Daniel (Ann), Darrell (Irene) and Diana (Paul). The family initially lived in Portland before moving to Sherwood, Oregon in 1967.

Otis decided to make a career change after working for 12 years at banks in the Portland area and in Canby, Oregon. In 1971 he began working as a landscaper and also worked as a contractor. In the early 1970's, Otis built new houses in Sherwood, Cannon Beach and Dundee, Oregon. He also landscaped the grounds around these new homes and many others. During this same time frame he also became a parttime landscape gardener responsible for maintaining a large, 10 acre estate in the Raleigh Hills area of Portland.

In 1977 Otis purchased a farm south of Canby where he started both a small dairy and a nursery. He operated the dairy until 1990. He maintained and cared for several hundred rhododendrons and a variety of evergreen plants during that same time in addition to continuing his part-time landscaping job in Portland. After retiring as a dairyman and also the landscaping job in the mid 90's, Otis continued to work every day caring for and nurturing his plants. He enjoyed propagating many varieties of his rhododendrons and growing them in a greenhouse located near the farm. Otis and Joan were members of the American Rhododendron Society and the Hardy Plant Society. Otis enjoyed attending many plant shows each year where he sold some of his plants and also purchased new varieties to add to his collection.

Otis and Joan moved to Tualatin, Oregon in 2019. Otis brought several plants with him and proudly displayed them for his new neighbors to enjoy. Otis was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Molalla.

Otis is preceded in death by his parents; brother Thomas; and sister Ann. Survivors include his wife; four children; eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and brother Michael (Judy).

A graveside service for immediate family members will take place in the Spring of 2022.

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