Jack Willford passed away at home with his loving wife Adelyn by his side in Prineville on Feb. 18 at the age of 94.
Jack was born in Rupert, Idaho, on March 3, 1923. When he was 15 years old, his father suffered a fatal logging accident, and Jack cared for his mother and two younger brothers by working while attending school. Time spent during his childhood with his grandfather in Sandpoint, Idaho, was filled with fishing and remained one of Jack's favorite memories.
Jack met Adelyn in Mapleton. He was 19 years old and Adelyn was 18 upon their wedding in August 1942 just before Jack's Army Infantry Division shipped out to North Africa. A World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart medal during the Italian campaign, Jack returned to Oregon and raised three daughters with Adelyn: Janele, Beverly and Jeri.
Jack had a long and successful career in the timber industry and loved exploring forests and scouting trees. He fought fires on the Santiam Pass for the Forest Service, worked for lumber companies in Oregon, and retired after 10 years in Thorne Bay, Alaska, as superintendent of a major Louisiana-Pacific log sort yard.
Jack was an avid gardener, an outdoor sportsman, and a life-long seeker of boating adventures from racing speedboats on mountain lakes to navigating Alaskan straights. Jack and Adelyn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in August 2017.
He is survived by his wife, his three daughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom will sorely miss him.
Adelyn Willford can be reached at: Regency Village at Prineville, 830 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR 97754.