June 10, 1916-Sept. 24, 2004
HERMISTON - A graveside service for William L. Scarlett will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Mr. Scarlett, 88, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, surrounded by family at Rose Arbor Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston, where he had been a resident since September 2003.
He was born June 10, 1916, at Orangeville, Ind., and moved to Irrigon in 1930 with his parents, Asa and Fannie Lois Scarlett, and older brother George.
In 1941, he married Mary Charlotte Ralph of Hermiston. They lived at Vancouver, Wash., on Whidbey Island, Wash., and at Oak Harbor, Wash., in the early years of their marriage.
During World War II, Mr. Scarlett was a surveyor at Adak Naval Base in the Alaskan Aleutians Islands. After the war, he worked as a surveyor for Guy F. Atkinson Co. at the Hanford Nuclear Plant.
The Scarletts later moved to Medford where they lived for more than 50 years and raised their family. Always a hard worker, Mr. Scarlett owned and operated an auto parts business before retiring from Boise Cascade in 1980.
His love of machinery and tools extended to farm tractors. Whether helping out a neighbor or another landowner, it was said he took great pride in the finished tilled rows or mowed field, like an artist stepping back and inspecting a canvas.
Mr. Scarlett enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, sharing good times with his friend Mervyn Evans, of whom it was said, they never got that buck they wanted, but they used to eat well and swap tales. They enjoyed themselves immensely.
During their retirement years Mr. and Mrs. Scarlett made seven trips to Alaska to visit and travel with their children, grandchildren and nephew, Richard Scarlett, and his wife, Wanda Hunt.
Survivors include daughters Pamela Scarlett Twitchell and husband, Hollis, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Teresa Scarlett-Wells, and husband, Mike, and Laurie Hardin Kime, all of Medford; son William L. Scarlett Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Soldotna, Alaska; grandchildren Olin, Ryan, Skyler, Patricia Scarlett Phillips, Heather Frazier-Smith, Jonathan Phillips, Sara Phillips, Angela James, Kyle, Kenley, and Nolan; three great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives, many in Umatilla County. Mr. Scarlett's wife, Charlotte, died in October 2004, and his parents and older brothers, Miller and George, also preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice, Rose Arbor Assisted Living Facility, a charity for Alzheimer's or to the American Cancer Society.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.