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Terry Lee Linden


Terry Lee Linden passed away unexpectedly at age 70 while helping a friend Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Terry was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Goldendale to Calvin and Corrine Linden (Starks). He grew up on the family farm in Centerville, Wash., with his younger sister, Patricia Riley. He graduated from Goldendale High School in June 1964. After high school, he attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. He later transferred to Washington State University in Pullman and graduated in May 1968 with a degree in agriculture. After graduation, he returned home to Centerville to work the family farm with his father, Cal, and Grandfather Frank.

Terry married Sandra Boggs on July 16, 1966. They settled on the family farm after college and raised wheat, hay and cattle. They were blessed with three wonderful children: Terra, Trudi and Tyrell. Terry's life was farming and cattle ranching on the same ground that his father and grandfather did with great pride. Many great memories of working cattle and cow camp for the month of October every year at the base of Mount Adams to gather the cows to come home.

The smell of fresh-cut alfalfa and the wheat blowing in the wind were the familiar sights and smells of home.

Terry's love for farming was obvious as he was honored with numerous awards over the years, including Washington Cattleman of the Year, Outstanding Young Farmer and Grain King. He served as a volunteer firefighter and fire chief with Centerville Fire District for 50 years. He was active in the Cattlemen's Association, Centerville Grange and he served on the board for the Centerville School District. Terry and Sandy's marriage ended in divorce in 1989.

Terry married Sharon Binau in December 2005. They enjoyed traveling and flying. Terry lost Sharon to cancer in April 2014.

After retiring, Terry moved to Asotin to be closer to his family on the Snake River. He met many wonderful friends and felt welcomed from the moment he arrived. Terry lived his life to the fullest and every day was an adventure. He loved spending time with his friends. Whether it was boating the Snake River, four-wheeling, helping on a project or simply going for a drive watching the wildlife around his home, he was always game to go and up for a new adventure. He knew no stranger and would help anyone in need. When it came to his family, he didn't know the word "no." He was there for every opportunity and experience just to be a part of their lives.

Terry had many interests, including golf, town-team basketball and flying. But his passion was his children and grandchildren. Terry never missed an event they were involved in, from ball games to band concerts to graduations. He wouldn't hesitate to drive 10 hours round trip to attend an event and support his grandkids in any way possible.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, Cal; mother Corrine; second wife Sharon; and granddaughter Lyndsay. He is survived by his daughters, Terra and Curt Barrett of Centerville, and Trudi and Chris Whitmore of Asotin; and son Tyrell and Cynthia Linden, who live on and continue working the family farm near Centerville; sister Patricia Riley of Goldendale; and most of all, his grandchildren, Zachary and Wyatt Barrett, Dirk and Cody Whitmore, and Kristen and Louanne Linden.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Centerville Grange. Come have a bite to eat and share your favorite story of Terry. Please bring your favorite side dish.


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