Clyde Melvin Cassell, 66, passed away at his home on Mason Lake on April 21. He was born in Baker City, Ore., on Dec. 28, 1943, to Clayton A. and Mildred M. Cassell.
He graduated with the Baker High School class of 1962 where he served as senior class president and was active in band, orchestra, ad Hi-Y. He earned his B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University and was nearing completion of his M.S. at Utah State University when he volunteered for the Army, completed his basic training, and was deployed to Vietnam for the remainder of his service.
Upon returning home from Vietnam, he worked for various employers in the timber industry, including Weyerhaeuser Company where he retired from Acquisitions and Divestitures in 2002. His work-related and personal travels took him throughout the world. He often entertained and educated friends and family with stories of times abroad. He held particularly fond memories of his time and work on the island of Borneo.
In 1981, Clyde married the love of his life, April Easter. He enjoyed living on Mason Lake and with April at his side, appreciated walks around the lake, visiting his neighbors and friends and hiking in nearby forests. He was an active member of his community and worked tirelessly on issues surrounding lake restoration. Clyde also had compassion for homeless animals that the encountered on his daily walks and opened his home to several.
He is survived by one sister, Carolyn McCord of Rogue River, Ore., a nephew, Robert McCord, of Sparks, Nev., a niece, Cheryl Nelson, of Gold Hill, Ore., and six great-nieces and nephews. In addition, he leaves behind in-laws, friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Clyde will be remembered for his generous and humble heart. He enjoyed helping others and everyone who knew him can recall the times he offered his time, labor or jovial conversation.
His contagious laughter will remain with us always.
A memorial will be held celebrating Clyde’s life at the Mason Benson Club, 5971 E. Mason Lake Dr. W., Grapeview, WA, on July 24, at 4 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Harold Kirklin Memorial Fund, which supports music education at BHS, c/o Jami Skiver, Umpqua Bank, 5251 Main Street, Springfield, Ore. 97448.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 23, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor