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JUL Y 8, 1929 ~ OCT23, 2015

Cleve Elza Hinton, 86, was born in Pendleton July 8, 1929. He passed away in Cove, OR Oct 23, 2015. Services will be at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Sat, Nov 7th at 1 pm followed by a celebration of life at The Eagles on Main Street.

Born to parents George and Feme Hinton, he and his brother Bill grew up on thefamily ranch out of Dale, OR. He rode his horse about 3 miles to a one room school-house at Range, and for a time he lived with hisgrandparentson their dairy out of Ukiah, milking cows before riding in to school. He quit school at a young age opting for' the school of hard knocks in the timber industry. Without letting them know his age, he got hired on with the Pilot Rock Lumber Co. and became one of theirtop equipment operators.

In 1948, he met and married his soul mate and best friend, Dolores Lyon. They spent their first 10 years at the Pilot Rock Lumber camp on the N Fork John Day River before moving to Ukiah. In 1965 they moved to Boardman where Cleve worked on heavy equipment in the construction of the John Day Dam, relocation of the towns of Boardman and Arlington, and building a new freeway. He then worked throughout the northwest and Alaska with the construction of the pipeline in the 70s. Upon returning from Alaska, the couple settled at the Hinton homestead. Cleve went into the horse logging businessforatime, reviving his passion for horses/mules and teams. He helped haul local students baggage during their outdoor ed camp outs, wedding processions, Westward Ho Parade, and for over 25 years he was an icon on the Round-Up Wagon Train After retiring from construction, Cleve rodefora local Cattleman's Association for many years. He was one to keep busy.

He had a marvelous way of telling of his many adventures. His life revolved around hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors with his family and many friends. If anyone ever got turned around in the woods, he could bring them home with a whistle that everyone recognized. He loved to dance and have a good time. Everyone who knew Cleve will miss him greatly.

He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; brotherand his wife, Barbara. He is survived by daughters, Kathy Mosteit (Dave), Judy Wilson, Georgia Burnett (Norm); 10 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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