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Pine Valley, Oregon

Alvin Hansford Tarter, 96, a former Pine Valley resident, died at his home in Medford on Nov. 17, 2004.

His graveside service was today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Alvin Hansford Tarter was born on Oct. 26, 1908, at Baker City to Frank and Laura Daley. Alvin was raised by Hansford and Myrtle Tarter. He spent his first few years at Copperfield, then later moved to Carson where he was raised and went to school.

Alvin married Edith Robertson in June of 1926 at Baker City. They lived at Carson and had two children, Alvin Dale and Galen Robertson. Alvin and his wife bought the ranch from his father and made their home on the 60 acres.

Alvin drove freight wagon, ranched and farmed his property for many years, and operated a sawmill on his lower property. After the death of his wife, Edith, Alvin moved to Medford to be close to his son, Galen, and his family.

Alvin worked for the Rogue River National Forest Service on the road crew in Medford until his retirement in 1975. He enjoyed visiting his son, Dale, and his family at Scappoose and making frequent trips to his ranch in Carson. Alvin loved being in the outdoors, wildlife, his garden and his grandchildren.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith; and eldest son, Dale.

Survivors include his son, Galen Robertson Tarter, and his wife, Marian, of Medford; six grandchildren, Gary Tarter of Portland, Paul Tarter of Richland, Rod Tarter of Halfway, Gaylen Dennis Tarter of Medford, James Alvin Tarter of Sacramento, Calif., and Gale Tarter Smith of North Bend; 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions from friends or family will be donated to the Assisted Living Home, Granite Peaks, under development at Halfway. Contributions may be made through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 26, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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