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Russell Frank Hyatt, 89, of Fruitland, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 15, 2002, at Holy Rosary Medical Center at Ontario.
His funeral was Friday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel at Fruitland. Interment was at Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho.
Russell was born on Feb. 11, 1912, at Union to Lloyd Burk and Ida E. Hyatt. He attended Baker City schools and was a 1931 Baker High School graduate. He continued his education at Oregon State University at Corvallis where he graduated in 1940 with a degree in animal husbandry and range management.
He worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1928 to 1941. He married Wilma Larsen of Baker City at Boise on Nov. 10, 1941.
He enlisted in the Navy and joined the Seabees in 1941, serving until 1945. After his discharge from the military, the couple farmed and ranched on their Fruitland acreage. He also was a Payette County tax assessor.
Russell was a lifetime member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, No. 1690.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma; their two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jana of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Keith and Donna of Fruitland; four grandsons, Tony of Anchorage, Todd and his wife, Melissa, of Seattle, Wash., Jared and his wife, Doreen, of Elko, Nev., and T. Jay, also of Elko; two granddaughters and their husbands, Marci and Mike Holcomb of Meridian, Idaho, and Amanda and Shannon Mendive of Elko, Nev.; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Jerry, and her husband, Cub Begley, of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Marjorie.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Elks Foundation 1690 through the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 1, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor