Marlyn Suksdorf Bast

June 5, 1942 - August 16, 2018

Marlyn Suksdorf Bast passed away on Aug. 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Marlyn was born on June 5, 1942, in Roseburg, Ore., to Adolph (Jack) and Dorothy (Winston) Suksdorf.
She graduated from Douglas High School in Winston, Ore., in 1960 and attended University of Oregon before marrying Gale, her high school sweetheart, in 1961. The couple lived in Portland, Ore., for many years before moving to Trout Lake to raise their family.
While working on the family farm and caring for her and Gale’s parents, she also worked as a cook at the US Forest Service and as a clerk at Trout Lake Grocery. Marlyn was a warm, compassionate person who taught her children the value of family, commitment, and hard work.
Marlyn was an artist who loved nature, with talents in many mediums.
She was a quilter, painter, metal artist, and avid gardener. Marlyn’s family will always remember her competitive nature in board games and that winning never came at the expense of having fun. She was always generous with her time for her family and friends.
Marlyn, is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gale Bast, of Vancouver; children, DeAnna Halling and her husband Charles of Portland, Ore., Jeff Bast and his wife Jodi of Yakima, Krista Hoover and her husband Mark of Vancouver; nine grandchildren, Kalyn Luhr, Austin and Amelia Bast, Paula and LeAnne Hoover, Claire and Emma Halling, Colton and Cayden Foo; three great-granddaughters, Hailey and Laramie Luhr, Nyla Day; and her sister JoAnna Pratt of Gladstone, Ore.
A memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2018, at Red Cross Building at The Historic Reserve, 605 Barnes St, Vancouver. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Marlyn’s life.
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