Tues, Nov 30, 1982
Central Oregonian
Prineville, OR

Two Thanksgiving visitors died Thursday in a one-car crash off Lower Crooked River Road, according to Crook County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies say Charles Boyde Jeppsen, 29, of West Covina, Calif., and Richard Myles Jeppson, 38, of Aumsville, OR., were visiting Charles' parents, Delwin and Maryann Jeppsen of Prineville, just before the 5:21 pm crash that took their lives.

They were traveling west on the highway about five and a half miles west of town when their 1980 Chevrolet Camero plunged 45 feet down an embankment, according to deputies.

Deputies say the car went around a curve and "at a high rate of speed the vehicle left the roadway ad became airborne."

The car sailed in the air 70 feet before knocking out the top of a large juniper tree and eventually resting upright down the embankment, deputies say.

Both men, the younger of which was driving, were thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies believe Richard was the uncle of Charles Jeppsen.

The accident was reported by passing motorists who also witnessed the crash, deputies say.


Charles Boyde Jeppsen

Charles Boyde Jeppsen, a former resident of Prineville, died November 25 in an automobile accident on Lower Crooked River Road west of Prineville. He was 29.

Funeral services were held yesterday (Monday) at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Chapel of the Prineville Funeral Home. Officiating at the services was Chaplain Elmer Banks of the American Legion. Private burial followed at the Juniper Haven Cemetery.

Mr. Jeppsen was born August 21, 1953 in Astoria, the son of Delwin and Maryann Jeppsen. He attended Prineville schools and moved to Fairbanks Ala., during his junior year in high school, graduating from Lathrop High School at Fairbanks.

He lived in Alaska for 10 ears prior to his move to California three years ago. On August 17, 1980, he was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Davis in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a resident of Azusa, Calif.

Mr. Jeppsen was employed as a sand and gravel salesman for the past three years with the Paul Hurns Construction Company of California. His interests included boxing, wrestling, water and snow skiing, motorcycle riding and car racing.

Survivors include: his wife, Patriia A. Jeppson of Azusa, Calif.; his parents, Delwin and Maryann Jeppsen of Prineville; a son Colin Jeppsen of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, Catherine Hurns of Glendora, Calif.; and a nephew, Stephen Hurns, also of Glendora. He also leaves numerous cousins.

The Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.