Elwin Lee Price


Dec. 12, 2018 — Elwin Lee Price was born to Elmer and Alice (Holmes) Price in Langlois, Ore., on Oct. 20, 1932. He had three siblings: Lois, Mary Jo and Lake, all of whom preceeded him in death. Most of his young years were spent in the Reedsport area.

In 1951, he graduated from Reedsport High School, where he played football.

Elwin served in the U.S.Marine Corps from 1952-1955, including 14 months in Japan during the Korean Conflict — he was sailing for Korea when the Armistice was reached, and was therefore diverted to Japan.

He became proficient at operating two types of machine gun but luckily didn’t have to use any in combat. He also participated in an atomic test in Nevada.

He attended Evangel College, where he studied psychology and occupied his spare time shooting baskets with John Ashcroft, who later became Governor of Missouri, a U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General.

After returning to Reedsport, Elwin worked in logging, including at International Paper Company, followed by 22 years or more employed by the U.S. Forest Service from which he retired in 1993.

His only marriage was in 1969, when he wed Donna Graves Rountree, who survives him. They have lived in Florence for 45 years.

Other survivors include stepson Bryan Rountree and his wife, Cindy; step-grandson Brandon Rountree; two nephews: Dr. Richard Froman and Craig Froman and their families; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Larry and Ada Graves and their son, Todd Graves; and numerous cousins.

Elwin's interests included religion, philosophy, psychology, reading, chess, emailing, family gatherings and country music, plus having coffee with good friends while discussing politics, religion, world affairs, etc.

On Nov. 28, God called Elwin to his Heavenly home. Per his wishes, no service is scheduled. Burial of cremains is planned for later at Reedsport Masonic Cemetary.

It is suggested that any donations in Elwin’s honor be made to the American Heart Association or American Kidney Fund.

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