LAGLER—John C. Lagler, 90, formerly of Mapleton, died on July 11, 2017, at his home in Veneta while surrounded by his family. John was born in 1927 in Wray, Colo., to Fred and Julia Lagler. He was one of eight children.
He was married to Joyce Shell, his love of 70 years, and they were blessed with six children.
John was a hard-working, self-made man of many talents; an entrepreneur, inventor and pilot. He was a forward-thinking businessman who pushed the industries he worked in and fiercely supported the educative processes that keep these indus- tries alive and viable today.
John was a larger-than-life presence in the communities that he lived in. He invested in his community and served on the Mapleton School Board, Mapleton Fire Board and con- tributed to the development of the Mapleton Track and Field and community swimming pool.
He raised his family and built two businesses while living in Mapleton: Lagler Logging and Lagler and Son Construction.
John was one of the founding members of Associated Oregon Loggers. He was a pioneer in the logging industry safety program, with his company the first to offer Green Stamps as incentive for his crew.
He started a scholarship pro- gram at Associated Oregon Loggers, called Log A Load For Kids. He was extremely pas- sionate about education.
He received many awards for his logger’s safety program and
coined the motto “Safety Doesn’t Happen, Accidents Do.” He was also recognized by the agricultural department for his development of the Lost Springs Ranch and the Rock
Creek Upper Reservoir Dam. John was committed to his employees. He led by example to motivate his crew to perform their best. He was passionate about fairness, honesty and respect. In the words of Buzz Martin, “Where there walks a logger, there walks a man.”
In 1980, John and Joyce moved to Burns, Ore. They owned and operated the Lost Springs Ranch, developing into respected ranchers. Later they moved to Bend, Ore., and devel- oped properties there before retiring to Veneta.
In retirement, John took up his passion for metalworking, woodworking and gardening. He loved hunting and camping.
John was preceded in death by his son, Michael Wayne Lagler.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce; five daughters, 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grand- children and one great-great- grandchild.
The community is invited to take a moment to remember the life and legacy of John Lagler on Friday, July 21, at St. Mary, Our Lady of The Dunes Catholic Church in Florence, at noon.
In lieu of gifts, his family requests that you graciously make a donation in John’s name to the Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship Fund at Oregon State University (www.oregonloggers.org/schol- arship.aspx), or Log a Load For Kids at Associated Oregon Loggers (www.oregonloggers .org/Logaload.aspx.)
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.