J. Mark Willoughby

Sept. 20, 1913-July 14, 2001

HERMISTON — J. Mark Willoughby died Saturday, July 14, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston at the age of 87.

Mark was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to William Clyde and Hilda Marie (Mark) Willoughby. He has been a resident of Hermiston since 1965.

He grew up in Cheyenne, Des Moines, Iowa and Panama where his father worked on the canal. He received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Iowa and earned his masters of arts degree in education from the University of Wyoming.

On Sept. 20, 1935, he married Lucille Rote in Scotts Bluff, Neb. He worked for the U.S. government in Panama driving truck and also taught at a girls school. He then taught in Wyoming for two years and in John Day for six years before moving to Equador where he was the director of the American school for 13 years. Mark then moved to Hermiston and taught English at Armand Larve Junior High School until he retired in 1981.

He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Hermiston Teachers’ Association. He enjoyed carpentry, reading, traveling and gardening — he loved to see things grow. Mark had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lucille of Hermiston; daughters, Sheila W. Hainlin of Des Moines, Iowa, Karen Willoughby of San Rafeal, Calif., and Christina Vogl of Centreville, Va.; brothers, John Willoughby of Cheyenne, Wyo., William Willoughby of Wytheville, Va., and George Willoughby of Deptford, N.J.; sister, Agnes Montgomery of Hermiston; five grandchildren; and special friends, Martin and Marianne Neyman of Hermiston, and Bruce and Karen Chambers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Hilda Willoughby, and two brothers, Fred Willoughby and Harry Willoughby.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hermiston. Disposition was by cremation.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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