Obituaries for January 19, 2011

Jan. 19, 2011

Heidi Parrish

Heidi Parrish was born on Jan. 11, 1976, to William E. Parrish and Ruth L. Loftin in Portland, Ore. She passed away in The Dalles, Ore., on Jan. 5, 2011. Heidi was an artist and a hairdresser-designer. She went to school to become a CNA, graduating with honors. She loved to paint and do hair design. She had many different talents, and tried to do the best at all of them. Heidi is survived by her daughter, Madison Parrish, of The Dalles; her father, Bill Parrish, and his wife, Lyla, of Parkdale; her mother, Ruth L. Loftin, of The Dalles; sister Holly Parrish and her son, Michael Parrish, of The Dalles; and stepsister Patti Johnson, of Portland. No service is planned at this time. A Remembrance of Life will come at a later date at her father's home in Parkdale and will be published in a coming issue of the News.

Paul Darmer

Paul Darmer passed away at the age of 45, as a result of cancer, at Seaside Providence Hospital, while vacationing in Cannon Beach, Ore., on Jan. 12, 2011. Paul was born June 22, 1965, in San Jose, Calif., to Vaughn and Sue Darmer. Paul's career began at the age of 15, working full-time in the printing industry as a pressman while still attending Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif., and also participating on their swim team. He continued in this career and on to West Valley College's Small Business Institute program. After watching a segment about windsurfing the Columbia Gorge on a local TV program in his young teens, Paul knew he had to visit. So 26 years ago, he made his first trip to the Gorge after high school graduation and continued annual visits to Hood River, Ore., for both windsurfing and snowboarding. He also enjoyed skateboarding, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking and golf. In 2004 he married, and his wife asked him, "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? He answered Hood River, and so they moved in 2005; and after 21 years as a printer, he changed careers and became the lead HVAC installer for McDowell and Son. He was a very devoted and loving husband, stepfather and family member and will be extremely missed. Paul is survived by his wife, Makalea Kim Darmer, of Hood River, Ore.; parents Vaughn and Sue Darmer, of Murphys, Calif.; sisters Vikki Remen, of San Diego, Calif., and Lorri Okholm, of Monte Sereno, Calif.; and three stepchildren: Ilishia Sibbald, of San Jose, Calif., Tristan Sibbald, of Seattle, Wash., and Jordan Sibbald, of San Jose, Calif.; and many family and friends whose lives he touched. Tax-deductible donations can be made to: Bible Based Benevolence Fund (BBBF), P.O. Box 1000, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045-1000; please specify "Paul Darmer." Celebration of Life services and a reception following will be held both in Hood River at Hood River Foursquare Church, 3875 Barrett Drive, on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., and in San Jose, Calif., at San Jose Open Bible Church, 5303 Carter Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. Although we mourn, we are celebrating Paul's colorful and beautiful life; please wear casual cheerful clothing! Arrangements in Hood River are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000; and Pastor Will Phillips of Hood River Foursquare Church. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.

Cardell Dixon

Cardell Dixon, 76, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. He was born in Ada, Okla., on March 21, 1934, the fourth child of six to John and Olive (Mulinex) Dixon. He grew up in Oklahoma and California, where he attended school. Cardell married Clementina Agnes Janicki in Vancouver, Wash., on June 19, 1964. He resided in The Dalles for 12 years. He worked at a laborer in a nursery and enjoyed poker, NASCAR, fishing and most of all, spending time with his family. He was a member of BPOE #1507. He is survived by his children, Suzanne Downey, David Dixon, Mary Levine, Joseph Krupke and Pat Krupke; his sister, Geneva Nolan; his brother, Jim Dixon; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother and two sisters. Private cremation held at Win-Quatt Crematory in The Dalles with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hood River.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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