Clay Edward “Ed” Espy was born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1933. He grew up in Monterey, Calif., where he prided himself on his impeccable ability to drive Bluebird school buses thru the narrow, curvy streets. He spent his summers on the family ranch in Buffalo, Wyo., and joined the United States Army, where he serving in the Korean Conflict. Following his service, Ed attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he graduated in 1958 from the school of pharmacy. Ed began his pharmaceutical career in Riverton, Wyo. He married Joyce Koehler on September 10, 1960, and became an instant father to her son, Daulton. They moved to Heppner, Ore., in 1962 and then to Condon, Ore., in 1963.
Ed served as the local pharmacist at Murray’s Condon Pharmacy, and they had three more children, Scott, Sandra, and Anjanette. He later moved to The Dalles, where he met Klea, and they married on September 25, 1975, in White Salmon, Wash. He loved being a dad and became a father to Klea’s children, Stuart and Shari. They were married nearly 42 years, until Ed’s death on June 21, 2017.
Ed had a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical field, and finally retired from Rite Aid in The Dalles, opening his time for his hobby-turned-job…driving lots of really nice cars. Ed enjoyed driving new vehicles between many Pacific Northwest area dealerships pursuant to sales and special orders. He also enjoyed his motorcycle and taking scenic rides. He was a member of the Free Masons, and loved to take long walks, which he referred to as “walkabouts.”
Ed is survived by his wife, Klea Espy of The Dalles; two sisters, Helen of Fresno, Calif., and Myrtle Dell of Cedar Park, Texas; six children, Daulton Warren of Fritz Creek, Alaska, Scott Espy of The Dalles, Sandra Flint of Sherwood, Ore., Anjanette Stiles of Thornton, Colo., Stuart Donkers of Madras, Ore., and Shari Felton of The Dalles. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family is planning a celebration of life reception and optional remembrance “walkabout” at Sorosis Park in The Dalles in September. Details will be available at a later date. Donations in Ed’s honor may be made to the The Dalles Discovery Center – Raptor Program.
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