Vernon Dale Atwood
    Central Oregonian  09 February 2017
    Vern Atwood
    Born to Bernard and Josie Atwood in Scofield in a logging camp in the foothills of 
    the Oregon coast range, Vernon Atwood grew up in Washington County, moving to Walla 
    Walla, Wash., for high school. After graduating, he joined the Air Force, eventually 
    becoming a jet pilot flying the F-86 Sabrejet on the East German border.

    He married Joanne Lawrence, from Walla Walla, Wash., and had two children, Marcelyn 
    and Kent, who were born while Vern attended Washington State College in Pullman. He 
    graduated in 1960.

    Vern was hired by the First National Bank of Oregon and served as an agricultural field 
    representative and a loan officer for Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler and Deschutes counties, 
    assessing farm values. After a year as the executive secretary of the Oregon Cattlemen's 
    Association in Prineville, he moved to Washington County. A lover of animals, Vern served 
    in the Oregon State University Extension Service as a 4-H Extension agent for more than 
    nine years. He took a sabbatical, completing a master's degree at Oregon State in 1974.

    His love of flying didn't go unanswered. He joined the Air Force Reserves in Portland, 
    flying the F-4 Phantom. Upon moving to Salem and leaving the Extension Service, he became 
    a full-time technician with the Oregon Army National Guard Aviation, earning his helicopter 
    wings and commanding the 1042D Aerial Surveillance Squadron. After his divorce, he moved 
    to Prineville and completed a total of 22 years of military service, retiring as a 
    Lieutenant Colonel.

    Vern met and married Marilyn Hanson after returning to the place he always called home, 
    Prineville. Marilyn and Vern were owners of Atwood & Atwood Real Estate before he accepted 
    a position as a corporate jet co-pilot and property manager for Les Schwab Tires. Vern 
    located and purchased new store sites throughout the western United States.

    After officially retiring in 1993, he and Marilyn enjoyed winters in Arizona, watching OSU 
    Beavers football, gardening, golfing and traveling around the Pacific Northwest.

    He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; stepdaughter, Lisa Jackson, of Wenatchee, Wash.; stepson, 
    Philip Hanson, of Boise, Idaho; son, Kent B. Atwood, of Clancy, Mont.; daughter, Marcelyn 
    Atwood, of Alexandria, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

    A celebration of life service will be held in late April 2017 in Prineville. In lieu of flowers, 
    donations can be made to the Humane Society of the Ochocos or a charity of your choosing.