Baker City, Oregon
Clarence LeRoy Calder, 89, of Baker City, died April 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Ernie Collard will conduct the services. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Mr. Calder was born Feb. 4, 1912, at Baker City to Mark William and Delia Eardley Calder. He was the 11th of 12 children. He was raised in Baker City and attended Baker schools, graduating from Baker High School. He was active in sports, including basketball, football and boxing.
As a boy, and for the rest of his life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. It was said that he could catch a fish in a mud puddle. He also loved watching sports and coaching his son when his son was in high school.
He worked for a short time with the Forest Service and served in the Coast Guard in Alaska, prior to starting his career with California Pacific Utility Co. He started out as a line worker and was later promoted to manager.
As a manager, he worked in Elgin and Burns. During this time, Mr. Calder was active in civic duties, including the chamber of commerce and Kiwanis Club. He served as the president of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. He was Jaycee Boss Of The Year in 1968 in Burns. He was also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He married Viola M. Lucas, also of Baker City, on Sept. 10, 1933. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had two children: a son, Clarence A. Calder; and a daughter, Sharon Doan. Clarence Jr. and Sharon were raised and attended schools in Elgin.
After retiring from the utility company, the Calders returned to Baker City. In addition to their home in Baker City, they had a cabin at Granite. Clarence enjoyed hunting and fishing there as well as spending time with family and friends. For many years, the Calders spent winters at Apache Junction, Ariz.
Mr. Calder was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters, except Ann Keller and Phoebe Burby, both of Baker City. He was also preceded in death by his son, Clarence A. Calder.
Survivors include his wife, Viola; his daughter, Sharon Doan, and her husband, Alton of Corbett; his daughter-in-law, Judy Calder of Philomath; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Clarence A. Calder Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Mechanical Engineering in care of Oregon State University Foundation. This may be done through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 20, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor