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Jack N. Byland


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Jack N. Byland passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, at his home in Brookings. He was 86.

Jack was born May 2, 1926, in Corvallis to Emma (Warner) and Donald C. Byland. He was the youngest of 10 children and developed a lifelong love of hunting and fishing with his four older brothers in the Corvallis area.

During World War II, he proudly served on the front lines as a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine, which transported materials, supplies, equipment and troops needed to fight and win the war.

After the war, he returned to Corvallis, where he earned a degree in accounting from Oregon State University.

Jack married his wife, Shirley, on Sept. 7, 1947. In the span of their 62-year marriage, the couple lived in Corvallis and Portland; Richland, Wash.; New Jersey, Ohio, California and Saudi Arabia, among other locations. His work in accounting and finance took him across the globe, including a lengthy stay in Vietnam.

Jack began easing into retirement in 1982, when the couple moved to Brookings. Although he reluctantly gave up golf, Jack enjoyed a rigorous elk-hunting trip every year well into his 80s. When his two grandsons visited, he delighted in taking them ocean-fishing with their father, his son-in-law.

In his later years, Jack was a devoted caregiver to Shirley, who died in 2010.

Jack is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Gardner, and her husband, Greg, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.; two sons, Steve Byland and his wife, Linda, of Warren, N.J., and Rick Byland and his wife, Isabel, of Pear Blossom, Calif; grandsons Ross and Ben, of Grosse Pointe Woods.; sister Alberta, of California; brother-in-law Roger Haag of Brookings, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Donald Byland; brothers Alvin, Keith, Terry and Bernard; sisters Dorothy Bailey, Doris Byland, Maxine Byland and Betty Byland; sister-in-law Patty Haag of Brookings, and sister-in-law Hope Prescott and her husband Herb.

Redwood Memorial Chapel handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, P. O. Box 6042 , Brookings, OR 97415, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Submitted by the family.



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