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Tamron Stone



Tamron Lee Stone of Prineville, Oregon, lost his two-and-a-half-year battle with renal cancer March 17, 2014, aged 56 years 8 months and 21 days. He died at his home in Prineville, Oregon, with family and friends at his side.

Tam was born in Goldendale, Washington, on June 24, 1957 to Gary and Grace (nee Spencer) Stone at Klickitat Valley Hospital. He went to Goldendale Primary School until 1964, when his family moved to Roseville, California, where he attended Sierra Gardens Elementary School, then Warren T. Eich Intermediate School, graduating in 1976 from Oakmont High School. He moved to Yakima, Washington following high school and attended Yakima Valley College for two years. He was a graduate of the Oregon Corrections Academy in 2007 receiving certification as a corrections officer.

Tam had many jobs in his lifetime, working for Plywood Components, Columbia Aircraft/Cessna, Wal Mart, K-Mart, the Washington Department of Natural Resources on Grayback Lookout in Klickitat County, Armour Star, Albany (Oregon) Pet Hotel, Sears, Oregon Corrections, and Morrow Cold Storage.

On August 27, 1994, Tam was united in Marriage with Lynda Kathleen Bates in Albany, Oregon. They were married for 19½ years. Both shared a love for riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and made many trips together throughout the United States. They were also members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, Bend Chapter. They also were involved in street and prison ministries in Bend, Oregon.

Tam was a member of the Christian Life Center in Bend, Oregon, and accepted the Lord into his heart, living a life of unconditional love for all around him that truly spoke to everyone. Those who knew him were humbled by his incredible capacity for empathy, tenderness and forgiveness, the exemplary life he lived, along with an unconditional regard for all creatures, great and small.

Tam most wanted to be remembered first as an animal lover, and second as a cowboy. He had an uncanny ability with creatures of all kinds, and his gentle soul rescued many and gave them wonderful lives. For a short time, he even realized his dream of having an animal care company just before he got ill. His home was usually a small menagerie of well-loved and sometimes rescued creatures of all sorts. He was also a decent animal artist, and many friends and family members have his framed drawings screened onto shirts or hanging on walls. The sight that best characterized Tam was his giant silhouette topped by his favorite and well-worn cowboy hat, making him look like he just stepped off a stirrup after a long trail ride.

Tam was a wonderful vocalist, trombonist, and harmonica player, and in high school led his marching band as the drum major and played in the jazz band.

Tam is survived by his wife, Lynda, step-children Michael Drinnen, of La Pine, Oregon, and Mychele Hite (and husband, Randy), of Bend, Oregon; grandchildren Krystain Cook, Colton Crowl, Porter Hite, Hunter Hite, and Dominic Drinnen; mother, Grace Stone, of Arlington, Oregon; his aunts, Freida Batten, of Goldendale, Washington, and Carol Ann Spencer of Ypsilanti, Michigan; elder brother, Terry Stone, (and wife, Deborah), of Birmingham, Alabama; younger brother, Christopher (and his wife, Dana), of Kennewick, Washington; his sister, Kyleen Zimber (and husband, Brent), of Silverton, Oregon; nephews Jason Stone (and wife, Trina), of Mason City, Iowa, Lawren Stone of Long Beach, California, Andrew Stone (and wife, Danielle), of Irrigon, Oregon, Tyler Stone of Boardman, Oregon; and nieces, Kandice Bowe (and husband, Morgan) of John Day, Oregon, Krista Stone of Kennewick, Washington, Jasmine Gower of Portland, Oregon, and Kerryn Gower of Stayton, Oregon, along with many more grand nieces and grand nephews. Tam's best friend, Dusty Slack, and wife, Cari, of Terrebonne, Oregon, were also part of his extended family. Tam was preceded in death by his father, Gary Stone, step-father, Arthur Clough, uncle, Jim Batten, grandmother, Lessie Stone, grandfather, Fred Stone, and grandmother, Helene Spencer. The family extends thanks to Teresa Standley, RN, and Melissa Adams Gianoplus, LMSW, CSWA, of St. Charles Hospice for their support, tender compassion, and tireless advocacy.

A memorial service was held at the Christian Life Center in Bend, Oregon, on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Tam requested his ashes be scattered in the wilderness places he loved hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.


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