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Death notices for Tate Taylor, Phyllis Clark, George Taylor and Dionne McNutt


A celebration of life was held in honor of Tate Nathaniel Taylor on Friday, July 22, 2011, in Trout Lake. Tate was born in Milwaukie, Ore., on Oct. 30, 1992. He was 18; it was a short life but he lived it to the fullest.

Tate lived most of his years with his dad, Andrew Taylor. They were a fine pair of readers, learners, travelers, and, most of all, workers. Tate was a tough kid and hard worker who learned his dad's trade of concrete construction very early. He went out on jobs with his dad practically from birth.

As a toddler, he was the quintessential boy; a kid who loved tools, trucks, and big machines. The difference between Tate and most other toddlers is that Tate learned how to use real tools, and to operate the big machines. The job site was his playground, and eventually his workplace.

Tate was an avid reader and loved American history. Motivated by Tate's Klamath Indian heritage, his dad fashioned their travels to perpetuate Tate's love of Americana.

When Tate was seven, father and son took an 'American battlefield' road trip across the plains of South Dakota and Montana. Later, they took two separate trips to southeast Asia, visiting Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and his favorite, Cambodia. Tate loved the big city; he was a small town country boy, but the city lights of Saigon, Philly, Detroit, and Oakland were his passion. His several trips to Mexico and Canada were purely for leisure.

Tate was a devoted Raiders football fan and traveled to Oakland every year for games, with the highlight being the 2002 AFC Championship. He followed in his dad's footsteps in his love for motorcycles, especially Harleys. At 16, Tate and his dad rode their Harleys to Oakland and the Central Coast on Tate's first solo bike venture; a trip that, of course, included a Raiders Monday night game.

Tate was a gentle soul who was loved by everyone who met him. In the end, he was surrounded by friends and family as he slipped peacefully to be with his mother, Leslie Ray-Taylor.

Tate is survived and loved by his dad, Andy, and sister Desiree Zenor, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all too many to list. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Phyllis Jean (PJ) Clark, 72, passed away in her home while surrounded by family on July 21, 2011.

Phyllis was born June 16, 1939, to Ruth and Leonard Chamness. She was raised in the Midwest and later moved to the Gorge with her husband Larry Clark and three children, Mike, Lori and Jeff. Being the eldest of nine children, Phyllis was eventually joined in the Northwest by all eight siblings, mother and step-father.

Phyllis and Larry raised their three children in Lyle. Phyllis and Larry opened The Lyle Cafe (Lyle) in 1972 followed by PJ's Restaurant (Bingen) in 1982.

During their time at the restaurant, Phyllis and Larry touched many in the community. Phyllis was a member of Mt. Adams Soroptimist and volunteered her time organizing Lyle Pioneer Days, May Fest, and many other community events.

She was also known for her role as the Easter Bunny at the Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt.

Dedicated to her family, Phyllis attended every birthday, wedding, graduation, sporting event and baby shower. She loved cooking, gardening, painting, traveling and especially anything to do with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phyllis was always there to lend a hand to her family, often without ever being asked. She never asked for anything in return and helped simply because it was the right thing to do. Her counsel, friendship, generosity and love will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Clark, BZ Corners; her mother and stepfather, Ruth and William Waltz, Lyle; her children, Mike Clark, White Salmon, Lori Clark, White Salmon, and Jeff Clark, Lake Stevens; her grandchildren, John Clark, White Salmon, Jake Pimley, Portland, Ore., Amy Clark, Marysville, Christopher Pimley, BZ Corners, Chad Clark, Greeley, Colo., Jennifer Clark, BZ Corners, and Steven Clark, Lake Stevens; her great-grandchildren, Hazel Pimley, 5, Sylvia Pimley 3, Kellyn Pimley 2, Colby Clark 2, Scott Clark 1; her siblings, Yvonne Lewis, Butch Chamness, Janice Ford, Ron Chamness, Ruth Jewell, Kathy Carse, Debbie Van DeVanter, and Daniel Waltz.

A service for Phyllis will be held Sunday, July 31, 2011, 2 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon. Reception to follow. Those who wish to attend are welcome.


George "Butch" Eugene Taylor, 66, passed away at his home in Trout Lake on July 10. He was born in St. Louis, MO., on May 3, 1945, to George and Violette Louise (Morisseau) Taylor. Butch was raised in St. Louis and graduated from Webster Groves High School in 1963, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After serving four years, he was honorably discharged in June of 1967.

That same year, Butch married Janice Gayle Hughes in Lemoore, Calif. The couple returned to St. Louis where Mr. Taylor attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Butch and Janice then moved to California, settling in Modesto, and had two children. He went to work for E & J Gallo as a winemaker and brandymaker. In 1991 Butch and his family moved to Gresham and he started a bookstore, Lang Syne Books, which he owned for 10 years.

He and Janice retired to Trout Lake in 2006.

Butch was an avid reader and loved books. He also enjoyed traveling to Scotland, playing the bagpipes and riding high-wheeled bicycles.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife Janice of Trout Lake; sons and their wives Tim and Debbie Taylor of Fairview, Ore., and Zak and Jenny Taylor of Troutdale, Ore.; and sister and her husband Sandy and Murray Ahlquist of Clackamas, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Dionne Louise McNutt was born in The Dalles, Ore., on Oct. 19, 1925, to Walter and Inez (Detamore) McNutt. She attended Mt. Brook School as a youngster and lived most of her life in the Snowden area of White Salmon in the cabin she built.

Dionne was an entrepreneur farmer who loved to grow vegetables and always had a chicken coop (complete with a couple of mean roosters!). Her fascination with birds didn't discriminate -- Dionne loved to watch all the turkeys, ducks, geese and any other feathered friend who crossed her property. Her children and grandchildren have good memories of collecting and selling the eggs from Grandma's chickens.

By far, Dionne's greatest pleasure came from her family. She loved being with her children and grandchildren.

Ms. McNutt passed away in Hood River, Ore., on July 21, 2011, at the age of 85.

She is survived by her children Virginia Pontius of Vancouver, Jim Breedlove of Lewiston, Idaho, Rick Breedlove, Dwayne Breedlove, Lana Breedlove, Tim Breedlove and Sandy Breedlove, all of White Salmon; siblings Walter, Yvonne, Luella and Dick; and grandchildren Chad, Steven, Jason, Kimberly, Sharon, Terry, Tina, Heather, Jimmy, Evie, Eric, Leah, Frank, Josh, Nicole, Rebeccah, Cayenne, Kiayla, David, Nichole, Misty, Shayna, Lana, Crystal and Jessicah.

She was preceded in death by children Fermon Breedlove, Ronald Breedlove and Dawn Breedlove and granddaughter Shannon Breedlove.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2011, at Gardner Funeral Home with interment at the White Salmon Cemetery.

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