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Eldon Deardorff

April 23, 2022


George (Eldon) Deardorff, 86 of Richland, Oregon passed away at home on Saturday April 23, 2022, in the care of his loving family. A Celebration of Eldon’s Life will be held later for family and friends. 

Eldon was born July 22,1935 in Haines, Oregon. His parents were Charles Deardorff and Frieda (Russell) Deardorff.  Eldon was raised in a ranching/farming environment and was the oldest of 3 children.  He attended Baker City High School.

On April 21,1957 Eldon married Margaret Colton.  In 1958, their first child Tonya was born.  From 1961 to 1964 Eldon’s job as a Government Hunter took them to Monument, Oregon; Fields, Oregon and French Glen, Oregon.  During this time their second child, Loleta was born in 1962.  In 1965 they moved back to Baker City and had another child, Shanna was born.

In 1968 they bought the farm on Eagle Creek, just outside of Richland, Oregon where the extended family still lives today. In 1977 the family drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska for summer work and vacation.

In 1979 they bought Cornucopia Wilderness Pack Station.  Eldon was an excellent horseman. He loved the outdoors and hunting/fishing was one of his greatest passions.  The Pack Station was a way of life that allowed him to fulfill his love for the outdoors each day.  With his wife Marge by his side, they guided many clients into the wilderness for an adventure of their lifetime.  Many friendships were developed that still exist today. The letters are countless of people thanking them for introducing the wilderness and all its beauty to them.

Eldon was a marksman and has many trophies to prove it. He also was a talented gunsmith who built his own gun stocks and reloaded all his (and the families) ammunition.

His love for hunting and fishing, was a passion and skill he passed on to his three daughters and grandchildren.

Another one of Eldon’s great pleasures was dancing with his wife Marge.  People would clear the dance floor to watch them gracefully float across the dance floor.

The family is comforted knowing Eldon and Marge are together once again.

Eldon is survived by his Daughters Tonya Deardorff and life partner Monica Martinez, Loleta Deardorff and wife Sherry Wiemann, Shanna Swan and husband Dan Swan; Grand Children: Ryan Swan and wife Lizzie, Tyler Swan and wife Kelsey, Tiffany (Wiemann) Tarter and husband AJ, Marlysa Martinez and Arronn Martinez; Great Grand Children: Tristin Maw, Hunter Maw, Ashlynn Tarter and Trinity Tarter, Dallie Swan; Brothers Floyd “Babe” Deardorff, Larry Deardorff and wife Cindy; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Parents; Charles and Frieda Deardorff; Wife Margaret (Colton) Deardorff; Granddaughter Rachel (Wiemann) Maw.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Eldon may do so to the Eagle Valley Ambulance EMT Training Fund through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.  Online condolences may be shared at


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