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11/27/2012 12:15:00 PM
Otis Foiles

Otis Wilson Foiles, a member of St. Clare Church, died Nov. 11. He was 98.

Mr. Foiles was born Feb. 16, 1914, in Kampsville, Ill., to Otis Leslie and Lorraine Foiles. He gradated from Loveland (Colo.) High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Colorado A&M in 1937. He married Becky Cowen in 1940. He began his career with the CCC doing forestry-related jobs. After graduated, he accepted an appointment with the National Park Service in Crater Lake National Park. In 1942, he transferred to the Forest Service where he served as district ranger in Butte Falls, Joseph and Tonasket, Wash. He joined the recreation staff in the Supervisor’s Office in Corvallis, where he wrote legislation establishing the Dunes National Seashore and Cape Perpetua National Monument. He retired from his 43-year Federal Government career as Forest Service Regional Office recreation staff in Portland in 1976.

He was preceded in death by six siblings; sons, Robbie and Michael; and one granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 72 years; sister, Velma Peterson; daughter, Elouise Mattox, Bend; sons, Peter, Frederick, Md., and Stephen, Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Clare Church. Memorial donations can be made to St. Clare Church.





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