Atkinson, Claude – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Mr. Claude Allan “Todd” Atkinson a former Baker City resident, passed away Jan. 7, 2005 at Pacific Palisades, Calif. A private graveside service and celebration of his life was held at Mount Hope cemetery on Jan. 21, 2005, with the Rev. Lennie Spooner officiating. Todd was laid to rest near his father who died when he was just a young boy. Todd was born on Nov. 20, 1917, to Florence Goodman Atkinson and Claude Monroe Atkinson in Cutbank, Mont. The family moved to Baker shortly thereafter. After his father’s death his mother married Jesse Sutherland with whom he lived his early days. He grew up in Pleasant Valley and always loved sports, Todd played baseball on the Pleasant Valley team with his brother. They played the Baker team one year against Roland George. He was a Baker High School letterman and played football for the Bulldogs. He graduated from Baker High School in 1935. After graduation, Todd entered the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he married Racine Brawn in 1945 in Las Vegas, Nev. They lived on a ranch on the Sumpter Highway, raising cattle. Three years later they moved to California and Todd began working for Bekins and North American Van Lines in the sales department. The company transferred him to Chicago, Ill., and put...

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