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Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 08/11/22

P.C. Christensen can asked me to put this out. It is a list for part time employment with Clark County.

Our neighbor (who is a death investigator for Clark County) has requested that I encourage anyone looking for part-time employment consider this opportunity.  It will take a special person (although most of us have certainly some experience in this field, maybe traffic cops not so much?)  It can also evolve into full time if desired? 

Look under "Clark County Job Opportunities/Death Investigator"  The full description is online



 

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 08/09/22

From Mike Ball:

All,

I am devastated to announce the death of John Michael Garvey.  Mike passed away tonight, Monday at 6:36 pm, at his newly completed dream home in Palm Springs, California.  He wasn’t in pain and was surrounded by his family who showered him with love, comfort, and support until he quietly passed away.  We are grief stricken but thankful he is no longer in pain.

Mike was larger than life; brilliant as a leader, an amazing friend and inspiration to so many.  He loved serving others and devoted his professional life to being a police officer.  He sold real estate after his retirement from the Portland Police Bureau but at heart he was always a police officer. The deepest parts of him loved protecting others, giving hope and courage to the underdog, and he cherished working with and leading other officers in their passion to ‘serve and protect’ in the Portland Police Bureau.  For Mike, it wasn’t just a saying.  

Around the holidays as Mike worked to complete his dream home, he learned he had prostate cancer.  He had been suffering from a number muscle and body pains and struggled to get a good medical diagnosis.  In the hospital he was determined to fight the cancer but he was very ill. On Christmas Day, I sat with Mike in the hospital and he asked that if he didn’t make it; that I pass on a few messages. Since then, we talked about it more and he wasn’t always the best at expressing what he felt so I hope I can do it justice. I can’t get it all in here but I wrote down what he wanted to say.

First to his many, many friends and former co-workers.  He loved you.  He was proud to serve with you; and he asked that the news of his condition not be told to anyone until he passed because he just didn’t want anyone to worry.  He didn’t want the attention.  He decided to fight the cancer and was focused on trying to beat it.  He wanted you to know that if he didn’t reach out to you that it didn’t mean you weren’t important to him.  All of you were. He admired all of you, was proud to serve with you, and was grateful for his time with you. He asked me to specifically mention a couple people here.  Bill Balzer, he adored you and your family.  He cherished your friendship.  CW Jensen, Mike loved you as a friend and like a brother.  He has missed seeing you and missed all that you and he and the three of us did together.  Bill and CW, he will miss you both.

Mike also wanted me to express how important his family has been to him.  Of course, all of them know this.  He loved his siblings deeply and he knew you were all there for him.  Mark, he wanted you to know how much he appreciated your help with his homes, how talented you are, and how proud he was that his brother was such a skilled professional.  He bragged about how good you were at giving people such an important part of lives – a beautiful place to live. He felt lucky that you helped him design his homes. He was so thankful you both shared that last golf trip. Annie and Mary, he was worried about not being able to protect you.  He would have done anything for you both and he understood that it was you both that ended up caring for and protecting him.  That wasn’t lost on him and it meant everything to him.  He told me you are both angels.  He felt he could never express fully how your intimate care for him affected his life when Randy passed away and when he became ill.  Tony, you were Mike’s confidant and rock.  He respected everything about you becoming a doctor, and he trusted your judgement with his life.  He said that he was so proud you became what your father had been – a person that saved lives and helped people.  He said he had to do it a different way because he couldn’t have made it through the school.  Tony, he felt if he was really stuck, you were someone he could turn to.  

For me, he was my best friend and I’m eternally grateful that his family had me with them when Mike went to a new life. I am without words.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

-Bob Ball

Information about Mike’s funeral service will be coming as soon as arrangements are made.  If you have any stories for the family, please email them to; mikegarveystories@gmail.com.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 08/02/22

More information on the Banquet.

Citizens Police and Fire Retirement Banquet 2021 Retirees

Portland police officers and fire fighters have served the community for more than 150 years.  Please come and show your appreciation for their service.

Friday, September 23, 2022

5:30 P.M.Cocktail Hour

6:30 P.M.Dinner / Program

Royal Oaks Country Club

8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA  98662

Phone: 503-823-0091  Email: angie.nelson@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 08/02/22

The annual Fire and Police Retirement Banquet is coming up. There are two seats open at this time. Is there anyone that wants to attend that Banquet. Please let me know ASAP at afreauff@comcast.net. Just responding to this email WILL NOT WORK.

​Portland Police & Fire Retirement Banquet on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Royal Oaks Golf Course, Vancouver, WA

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 08/02/22

The annual Fire and Police Retirement Banquet is coming up. There are two seats open at this time. Is there anyone that wants to attend that Banquet. Please let me know ASAP at afreauff@comcast.net. Just responding to this email WILL NOT WORK.

​Portland Police & Fire Retirement Banquet on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Royal Oaks Golf Course, Vancouver, WA

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 07/31/22

 

 

Obituary

We lost one of the last true pioneers on April 5, 2022. James “Jim” Baughn was born on December 7, 1948 and passed away this spring. Jim attended Salem schools and after graduation from North Salem High School, class of 1967, he joined the Navy with best friend Gary Minot. Jim was an air traffic controller on the USS Forrestal, known to many of the sailors as “The FID” standing for “First in Defense.” This phrase captured who Jim was to so many, a great friend and a steadfast warrior and defender. After his Navy tour, Jim worked at the Virginia Beach police department. He then transferred his skills to the Portland Police Bureau, where he worked in various capacities for 24 years. After retirement, he took at job at the Washington County ESD as a truancy officer, helping kids get back on the right track. Jim was always giving of his time and expertise and was very active in the firefighting world. He was a captain with the Scappoose Fire Department and later a board member there. Jim trained his dog Recon in urban search and rescue and travelled the country with long time friend and soldier Steven Bronson. In the mid seventies Jim found a piece of forested land off Highway 30 near Holbrook and with the help of friend Art Koenig, he developed a homesite fitting for his lovely bride Virginia “Ginny.” Jim and Ginny enjoyed 30 years together, gardening, lumberjacking, sipping whisky, and maintaining their property together. An avid outdoorsman, he loved going to the sand dunes with friends, riding quads, driving tractors, cruising on his motorcycles, and driving his Kubota; affectionately called the “Ginbota” after giving it to his wife as a Christmas present. Jim loved the woods around his property, especially in the snow, and was regularly sighted on the Ginbota up and down Morgan Rd. visiting friends, neighbors, and to and from meetings of the MRMC. Jim had friends everywhere. Jim is survived by his wife, Ginny, brother Mark (Enterprise, Oregon), sister Rebecca Lawhead (Colfax, Washington), several nieces, a nephew, Uncle Harold, Aunt Dorothy, the Decoy and Lighthouse family, and neighbor Matt Greer who loved him like a dad. A celebration of life is planned for July 30th at 2pm at Holbrook Church on NW Morgan Rd. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Tunnel to Towers (T2T.org) or (mercuryone.org).

- 07/31/22

 

 

Obituary

We lost one of the last true pioneers on April 5, 2022. James “Jim” Baughn was born on December 7, 1948 and passed away this spring. Jim attended Salem schools and after graduation from North Salem High School, class of 1967, he joined the Navy with best friend Gary Minot. Jim was an air traffic controller on the USS Forrestal, known to many of the sailors as “The FID” standing for “First in Defense.” This phrase captured who Jim was to so many, a great friend and a steadfast warrior and defender. After his Navy tour, Jim worked at the Virginia Beach police department. He then transferred his skills to the Portland Police Bureau, where he worked in various capacities for 24 years. After retirement, he took at job at the Washington County ESD as a truancy officer, helping kids get back on the right track. Jim was always giving of his time and expertise and was very active in the firefighting world. He was a captain with the Scappoose Fire Department and later a board member there. Jim trained his dog Recon in urban search and rescue and travelled the country with long time friend and soldier Steven Bronson. In the mid seventies Jim found a piece of forested land off Highway 30 near Holbrook and with the help of friend Art Koenig, he developed a homesite fitting for his lovely bride Virginia “Ginny.” Jim and Ginny enjoyed 30 years together, gardening, lumberjacking, sipping whisky, and maintaining their property together. An avid outdoorsman, he loved going to the sand dunes with friends, riding quads, driving tractors, cruising on his motorcycles, and driving his Kubota; affectionately called the “Ginbota” after giving it to his wife as a Christmas present. Jim loved the woods around his property, especially in the snow, and was regularly sighted on the Ginbota up and down Morgan Rd. visiting friends, neighbors, and to and from meetings of the MRMC. Jim had friends everywhere. Jim is survived by his wife, Ginny, brother Mark (Enterprise, Oregon), sister Rebecca Lawhead (Colfax, Washington), several nieces, a nephew, Uncle Harold, Aunt Dorothy, the Decoy and Lighthouse family, and neighbor Matt Greer who loved him like a dad. A celebration of life is planned for July 30th at 2pm at Holbrook Church on NW Morgan Rd. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Tunnel to Towers (T2T.org) or (mercuryone.org).

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 07/28/22

The memorial service for Diana Larkin, wife of John Larkin will be 

Friday August 12th at 1:00 pm

at

Mountain VIew Christian Church

1890 NE Cleveland Ave

Gresham, OR 97060

church ph. 503-492-1200

Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and encouraged to support John and his family.

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 07/26/22

Received this from Virginia Baughn, Jim Baughn's Widow:

 

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

FOR

OFFICER JAMES "JIM" BAUGHN

 

WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2022, AT 2:00 PM

WHERE: HOLBROOK BIBLE CHURCH

           19200 NW MORGAN ROAD

   PORTLAND, OR 97231

 

 

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 07/18/22

I guess it come in groups. I was just informant of another passing. I thank the people that let me know so I can share it with the rest of your.

Al,this is Doug Gunderson (PPB retiree 2017).
 

I wanted to inform you and the others that John Larkin's wife and my mother, Diana Larkin passed away on Thursday July 14th.

John and my mom were living in Lincoln City when she became ill and was taken into SW Washington Medical Center 6 days prior to her death. Diana passed in the hospital.

John is currently staying with my wife and I at our Troutdale home while we make arrangements for mom's memorial service.

I will provide the date/time/location for her service once it is known.

John's phone is not working really well but I can forward messages and provide him a phone to return calls or a computer to return emails should anyone like to reach out to him.

Please feel free to share this information with the group.

Thank you,

Doug

My contact info is

Doug Gunderson

Ph. 503-307-3141

email fli.n.pig@gmail.com



 

Portland Retired Police and Widows Association - 07/18/22

Some really SAD news. I was unable to copy it so I am retyping it for those that do not get the Oregonian.

RON STIIL, former Portland Police Chief, is dead at 90.

Ron Still, a former Portland Police Chief and candidate for mayor in the 1980s, died Friday of natural causes. He was 90 and lived in Lake Oswego, his eldest daughter said.

Still, who began his career with Portland Police Bureau as a patrolman in 1954, rose to lead the Bureau in 1981, when the Mayor Frank Ivancie appointed Still the replace Bruce Baker, who retired. In Still’s era, the Bureau distributed Trail Blazer trading cards with Crime prevention tips on them.

Ivancie and Still also championed a seven-point “War on Crime” that a Deputy City attorney, at the time, said was most unworkable because aspects were unconstitutional and already existed in the form of other laws. Still said the platform had been misunderstood.

”A lot of people were on the streets bothering other people and they had major crime records which could be documented,” Still told the newspaper in 1984. “There were people harassing elderly people to the point some of those people feared to come downtown”

Born in Gresham in 1932, Still retired as Police Chief at age 52, after 30 years with the Bureau, when a barkeep name Bud Clark ousted Ivancie as mayor in 1984.

Still’s oldest daughter, Carolyn Augusta, said Police Bureau members of all ranks attended her father’s retirement party at the Benson Hotel. “Dad always had the police behind him,” she said. “He was quite a leader”.

That wasn’t the last Portland saw of Still. Clark appointed Penny Harrington, Portland first female police chief, to replace Still in1985. Then Still challenged Clark in the 1988 mayoral election, forcing Clark into a November runoff.

Still focused his campaign on crime and drugs use in Portland and he took harsh aim at Clark, whom he once called a “little leprechaun”.

”If I’d done to this city what Bud Clark has done -the suffering, the killing- I’d expect to be indicted for murder,” he also said on the campaign trail.

Clark, nonetheless, held onto the seat, winning almost 59% of the vote in the general election.

Clark died in February.

Carolyn Arnston, Still’s campaign manager, said Still was gregarious and kind and aslo was a “Law and Order” type. He’d certainly heard that before. “I’m thankful I’m not unlawful and disorderly” he told the Oregonian upon his retirement.

Still served with the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the Police Bureau. “Those were his roots-service,” said Augusta.

Still’s wife of 69 years, Pat, died in January. He is survived by three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

(Any grammatical or spelling errors are mine since I had to retype it)