Clarence M. “Cub” Bare, 85, passed away on Jan. 8, 2018, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore., due to complications of diabetes. Cub was born on Dec. 20, 1932, in Fossil, Ore., to Clarence M. and Veva (Edwards) Bare. Services will be held at a later date.
Cub first attended school in Fossil then moved to Wamic, Ore., after his dad died, and later to Maupin, Ore. He lived with relatives and friends while working his way through school. He graduated from Wasco County Union High School in 1951, where he was a standout athlete and made many lifelong friends. After high school, Cub joined the Navy, serving from 1952-1956. He then took advantage of the G.I. Bill to earn a degree in education from Eastern Oregon College. While there, he was a member of the 1956 football team which was later inducted into the EOU Hall of Fame Class of 2006. He met Mary L. Swiger of Baker, Ore., and they married on Jan. 18, 1958, in LaGrande, Ore. They moved around eastern Oregon and eventually settled in Condon where they raised their three children.
Cub had several different careers throughout his life, all of which he was proud of. He did odd jobs on farms, worked at a sawmill, and restaurants when he was young, often washing dishes or chopping wood for a meal. After college he taught grade school in Heppner, Ore., and Condon, then decided he would rather be outdoors and spent many years working on and managing farms. He and his son, Tom, also started the T and D Storage business, which he managed until his death.
Cub was most proud of his family. He was frequently seen (and heard) sitting in the front row of his children’s and grandchildren’s events, traveling many miles across the Northwest to support them. He enjoyed family and school reunions and could spend hours sharing stories and reminiscing. He hosted the Edwards family reunion in Condon this past September and got to share more of his family’s history and the family homestead near Fossil with his immediate family and several of his nieces. Cub also loved to “fix” things, rarely giving up on any piece of equipment, and shared many “how-to’s” with his children and grandchildren. He was a fiercely independent and hard-working individual who did anything he could to support his family.
Cub was preceded in death by his half-sisters, Lucille, Carolyn, and Maxine “Sunny.”
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Condon; children, Tom (Becky) Bare of Goldendale, Shelly Mitchell of Vancouver, Wash., and Teresa (Ken) Humphrey of Condon; grandchildren, Rachel (Austin) Allen, Shane (Billi) Bare, Nolin Bare, David Mitchell (Robin Wolcott), Lilley (Andrew) Perkins, Katee Humphrey (Shane Frederick), and Teren Humphrey; great-grandchildren, Brynley and Jackson Allen, Ryland Bare, and Max Perkins; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the South Gilliam County Ambulance Service, the Condon Senior Meal Site, or a charity of your choice.
Sweeney Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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