Terence Jean Hammons of Eugene, Oregon, died of heart failure on New Year’s Eve 2016 at the age of 71. He was born on July 11, 1945, to Orlan and Dorothy Hammons in Pendleton, Oregon.
A child of divorce, Terry was raised by his mother. He considered his childhood to be idyllic and quickly learned the value of hard work. Terry was gifted with a photographic memory and graduated from Pendleton High School as a National Merit Scholar. He had a bright future with many interests including physics and oceanography. Attending the University of Denver for one year and Oregon State University for two, he then entered the University of Oregon Law School, graduating in 1969. At age 23, he was the youngest in his class.
Terry loved the law and was in private practice for over 40 years, specializing in business litigation. Honesty, integrity, and duty to his clients were foremost on his mind. Public service was very important to Terry. He was a board member at Looking Glass, a founding board member at WISTEC, and was a longtime member of the Public Defender’s Board. While serving as vice chair for the Board of Bar Examiners, he finally conquered his fear of showing up for the bar exam at the same moment that he was removing the shrink wrap from his textbooks (a recurring nightmare!).
Fishing, river boating, and golf were his favorite forms of recreation. He was also a voracious reader and had one of the largest science fiction libraries in Lane County. Cooking became a passion later in life and he was the chef for all of life’s occasions. He enjoyed family time and vacationing in sunny locales.
One of the highlights of Terry’s life was finding his family, nine half-brothers and -sisters from his father’s second marriage. They were discovered on the internet by his friend Barb Ivey. Having been raised as an only child, he was suddenly the eldest of 10! We enjoyed several reunions with family members and loved each and every one of them.
Terry was a brilliant lawyer, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a very loyal friend. He was a proud Beaver (once a Beaver, always a Beaver!). The Pendleton Round-Up was also a very important part of Terry’s life. After all, they closed schools for three days during Round-Up. We will miss him and that wicked sense of humor. Let ’er Buck, Terry!
Terry is survived by his wife Carol of 48 years and their son Sean, his wife Sara, and grandson Ian, of Lake Oswego. Terry was anticipating the birth of another grandson in February. Happy to be Ian’s “Oompah,” Terry was the one to make sure he always had baps, booboos, and ahboos (blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries). He was also Oompah to Ruhl Upton, son of “daughter” Heather (Carol’s longtime manager at Nick and Nora’s) and her husband Marshall.
A celebration of life will be held at the Country Inn in Eugene on Saturday, January 28th, at 2 p.m.
In honor of the dogs he loved so much — Queen, Plato, Cody, and Petunia — donations may be made to the Green Hill Humane Society.
Arrangements under the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Eugene. Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy