Baker City, Oregon
Cloyd B. “Doc” Makinson, 85, of Baker City, and a former Halfway resident, died April 11, 2001, at Settler’s Park.
His memorial service will be Friday at 4 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 1998 Eighth St., with Pastor Ralph Holcomb officiating. Private interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.
Mr. Makinson was born July 1, 1915, at Halfway, the seventh son of Warren Elmer and Lilly Myrtle Leep Makinson. He received his education in Halfway, graduating from Halfway High School.
He attended Oregon State College where he received his bachelor’s degree, then attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he received his master’s degree. He married Ruth Catherine Parrish on Aug. 29, 1941, at Payette, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and was a sergeant working as a radar mechanic. He was discharged in November 1945.
Mr. Makinson was a vo-ag instructor, teaching from 1946 until 1960 in Eugene. He then worked as a Grange insurance agent from 1960 until his retirement in 1980. He and his wife moved to Baker City at that time.
Mr. Makinson was a member of the First Christian Church, a lifetime member of the Missouri Flat Grange, council member of the Baker City senior center, and a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Oregon State College.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth C. Makinson of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Warren E. and Martha Makinson of Lafayette, Calif., Clyde L. and Gretchen Makinson of Richland, Wash., and Allen J. and May Makinson of Shedd; a sister, Norma Morris of Baker City; grandsons, Phillip, Aaron, Erik, Kevin, Samuel and Isaac Makinson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Museum or the Baker County Senior Center through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore. 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 20, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor