Sidney "Earl" O’Connor, 90, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 in Lakeview.
He was born to David H. O’Connor and Cora Ozamis on July 23, 1929 in Lakeview. Earl attended Lakeview High School and Columbia Prep in Portland.
During his early years, he worked as a hay hand and cowboy for several ranches out of Plush as well as the ZX Ranch in Paisley. As many from his day, Earl lived the lifestyle of a young Irishman in Lake County.
In 1949, Earl married Jean Arlene Armstrong. They first settled on the Westside, and moved to Crooked Creek in 1950. In 1960, he and Jean purchased the ranch in Crooked Creek from his father David, where they would spend the rest of their lives ranching and watching their family grow. Earl managed the ranch, as well as worked at Fremont Sawmill off and on for decades to come.
Earl was well known in Lake County. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Basketball League. Earl was a great storyteller and known for his one-ice cube drinks for those who stopped by to visit.
Earl was hard working, hard playing, a card player, arrowhead hunter and a cigarette smoking man who will be greatly missed by many.
He was preceded in death by: wife, Jean Arlene; parents, David H. O’Connor and Cora Ozamis; and son, John Avery.
He is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, David "Rick" and Loretta O'Connor of Lakeview; daughter and son-in-law, Mary “Cathy” and Glenn Miller of Hillsboro; half sister and brother-in-law, Maudie and Les Warner of Eugene; grandsons and spouses, Steve “Charlie” and Tami Brown of Lakeview; Myrick and Ranee O’Connor of Albany; great-grandchildren, Joshua Brown (Keely), Hannah Gamb (Ryan), Jessica, Zach and John Brown, Faolan and Amara O’Connor. and niece, Earlene Powell (Reg) of Medford.
A memorial service will be planned for at a later date.