Family and friends recently gathered in Paisley for dedication of the city basketball court to Bob and Bobby Carlon, in recognition of their years of community service. A plaque was placed on the fence of the outdoor court which was paved by Bobby and his son Joe.
Bob’s grandparents had a homestead near Silver Lake and his father Roy “Buck” Carlon ran cattle on a Summer Lake ranch. Bob and his wife Norma Jean were honored as Paisley Pioneers at the 2016 Mosquito Festival.
Bob, who died in 2017, operated a logging business where his children worked as teenagers. Lora drove a road grader, Lana was on the landing and Bobby operated equipment. Bobby went into business with his dad, logging and later gold mining near Cave Junction. Bobby died in 2019. His mother Norma Jean, sister Lora and wife Terri live in Paisley. His son Joe works for Mid- Columbia Producers in Central Oregon, but also operates his father’s equipment, recently paving several streets in Paisley.
“We want to honor Bob and Bobby who were a big part of our community for many years,” said city councilor Craig DeLarm. “This basketball court was one of Bobby’s last endeavors.” Mayor Ralph Paull commended the Carlons for their work ethic and being men of integrity who always honored their word. “What I saw was how hard they worked. For them 14-hour days were the norm,” he said.
City Councilor Dale Roberts obtained the Oregon Park and Recreation grant which helped fund the project, along with a bequest from the Ford Family Foundation. The Paisley basketball team provided in-kind labor by removing and re-installing the chain link fence around the court. “The Carlons did an outstanding job,” Dale said. “This court should last for another 30 years.”
Lora Carlon Maya remembered that her father Bob and Frank Martin built the Paisley football field which had been a swampy pasture. With a 10 yard bucket on a drag line, Bob helped dredge the Cowlitz River in Washington after Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. “He wasn’t afraid to do anything if work needed to be done,” Lora says.