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Wesley F. Johnson
Former Parkrose High history teacher and coach Wes Johnson is remembered for his wry sense of humor and for setting a great example for his students. He died on Aug. 9.
Born Nov. 11, 1920, to Harry Cuffin and Clara Catherine Johnson in Carson City, Nev., Johnson attended grade and high school in Gardnerville and Minden, Nev. Wes graduated from the College of Idaho and in 1947 and married Ruth Aikman of Caldwell, Idaho. He received his master's degree from Portland State.

He began his teaching career in Homedale, Idaho, moving on to Parma and Caldwell, Idaho, and Sweet Home in Oregon, before joining the staff at Parkrose High School from where he retired in 1981. He taught social studies and coached football, track and basketball.

During World War II, he was a member of the 10th Mountain Division and was wounded in Northern Italy. He joined the 104th Reserve in Vancouver. He retired as a Command Sgt. Major. He served on the Session of his Presbyterian Church in Parkrose. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters Ann and Kris, son Ron, sons-in-law Rob and Ed, daughter-in-law Mary Lou, and five grandchildren: Alex, Allison, Katherine, Maureen and Mike. A Celebration of Wes' life has been held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd.

Published in The Oregonian on August 18, 2013


Howard Frederick Horner
Howard Horner, the first principal of David Douglas High School and a longtime superintendent of the district, passed away Monday, Aug. 12.
Howard Frederick Horner passed away on Aug. 12. He was born in Meadowbrook, Ore., on Sept. 15, 1918, to Fred and Ethel Horner. A wonderful family man, he is survived by his wife of 71 years, Grace Lorene (Boyles) Horner; his brother, George Walter Horner; his three sons, James Frederick Horner, Robert Howard Horner and Gregory Dean Horner; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He devoted his professional life to education. He was a teacher, principal and, from 1968 until retirement in 1981, superintendent of the David Douglas School District. In high school he was the Oregon State Champion tuba player and at Pacific University an all-league fullback. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946. He received many academic and public service honors, including being named one of five Most Outstanding High School Principals in the nation in 1961, and an Outstanding Alumni from Pacific University in 2008. He helped found the David Douglas Historical Society, and with his wife, Grace, wrote and edited “The History and Folklore of the David Douglas Community.” A memorial will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Howard F. Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 S.E. 130th Ave., on the David Douglas High School campus.

Published in The Oregonian from August 20 to August 21, 2013
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