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Howard Maynard Watne

June 7, 1942 — May 22, 2010

Howard Maynard Watne, age 67, of La Grande, died May 22, 2010 at his home. A funeral will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Committal and interment will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Daniels~Knopp.

Mr. Watne was born on June 7, 1942, the son of Maynard and Sylvia (Courtney) Watne in Lostine, Oregon. He graduated from La Grande High School and served with the United States Army. On July 3, 1961 he married Sharon Taylor in Weiser, Idaho. After his honorable discharge they lived in Spokane for a year and California for a year before settling in La Grande. He worked for Boise Cascade until his retirement in April 2006.

Mr. Watne was a member of the Crossroads Community Church (formerly Pioneer Park Church of God). He enjoyed camping, hunting, cars, teasing his grandchildren, traveling and motorcycles. He was a collector of many things and enjoyed puttering and weather watching. He was a family man who enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Watne of La Grande; children and their spouses, Pam and Tom Maliwauki of Pendleton, Seglinda and Joseph Martinez of La Grande and Quentin and Brandi Watne of Cottage Grove; grandchildren, Brandon, Shaelyn and Christian Maliwauki, Ashley, Jadon and Keira Martinez and Lincoln and Zephan Watne; step-grandchildren, Marissa, Jason and Jordon Martinez; great grandchild, Dez Maliwauki; brother, Jack Watne of Salem; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Phyllis and Mason Henderson of Superior, Montana, Eloise and Jack Booher of California, Shirley Cornwell of Spokane and Myrna and Larry Watson of La Grande; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Eric, his parents, brother, Wayne Watne and sister-in-law, Lorene Greenough.

Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Crossroads Community Church or the charity of one's choice in care of Daniels~Knopp, 1502 7th Street in La Grande.


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