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Joseph (Joe) Charles Falen
June 20, 1952 – October 20, 2017

Mill City – Joe, 65, passed away October 20, 2017 from heart failure. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Mill City Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ted Buck officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

The following was written by Joe. we go!  I entered this world on June 30, 1952 at Caldwell, ID and was the third of five children born to our parents, LeRoy and Geraldine Falen. I have two older brothers, Gary and Larry; and two younger sisters, Christine and Carol. I was a lifelong resident of the Northwest, graduating from Vallivue High School in 1971. I grew up in the Sunnyslope community working on our family fruit ranch, both in the orchards and in sales. It is with fond memories that I remember the friendships I made with many of the orchard crews.

In 1985 I was appointed by the Governor of Idaho to the Idaho State Cherry commission; which I resigned from later that year to start my first business, a lodge in the back country of central Idaho. Learning that I enjoyed being my own boss, I eventually went on to have a career as a freight broker before retiring in 2009.

I must admit that as a teenager, I developed a love of fast cars, and eventually classic cars; having the opportunity to own three different Mustangs, a 1966 Chevy Impala, a 1956 Chevy two-door post Belair, and a 1969 Chevy pickup. It was also as a teen that I learned to play pool on our parents’ table and learned technique from our neighbor and fellow fruit grower, Stanley Robison. I had the opportunity to continue playing pool, eventually playing in local and regional tournaments; in 1992 competing in an international tournament in Las Vegas, NV, and winning top shooter locally in 2006. I most recently played for the Bottle Factory in Stayton and was told by friends that I was viewed as a Master level player.

I also had a passion for playing poker, having the privilege to meet T.J. Clotier in 2006. After high school I shot trap for several years, shooting 100/100 multiple times in competition.

I have two very special sons; Joseph Gabriel Falen and Andrew Michael Falen. While I spent much of my life in Idaho, Oregon has been my home for over twenty years. It could easily be said that if there were pine trees and a mountain stream, I was a happy man. It has been mentioned that I could be a source of comic relief at social functions, and I must say that I enjoy making others smile and laugh, and probably have not missed too many opportunities to share a story.

Six years ago I moved to what I affectionately referred to as my little piece of paradise, a cabin on the Santiam River. This is where I could take in the peacefulness of nature and enjoyed having friends and family visit. For over ten years I have relished the friendship of close friends on an occasional Saturday to play cards for the day and share a meal.  In 2013 I began attending the Mill City Presbyterian Church where I also developed many special friendships.

In January of 2013 I met a special group of people at OHSU, the VAD Team. With their knowledge and skill I was given nearly five years of quality time. I cannot begin to express my appreciation for Dr. Tibayan, Dr. Mudd, Dr. Gelow, and Dr. Davis, as well as Lisa, Susan, Amanda, Josh, and Robin. During my recovery from surgery I developed a special closeness and friendship with my brother-in-law Rod, who took on the role as my primary caregiver. I also want to thank Myrlene, Gale, Dora, and Fred for their friendship and time these past few months.

Family is tremendously important to me, and I am leaving behind many family members and dear friends. I am survived by my two sons, Joseph Falen (Tracy) of Vancouver, WA, and Andrew Falen (Dawn) of Boise, ID; and two granddaughters; Caroline David and Isabella Falen.  I am also survived by my older brothers; Gary (Pam) Falen, Caldwell, ID; Larry (Jeannie) Falen of Camp Verde, AZ; and younger sisters, Christine (Neal) Spencer of Middleton, ID, and Dr. Carol Moore (Rod Christenson), Spokane, WA. I have 11 nieces and nephews; Robert Falen, Bryon Falen, Tyler Falen, Kendahl Falen, Janeal Newman, Cary Spencer, Scott Spencer, Julee Russell, Jacob Spencer, Chad Spencer, and Frank Moore, II; great aunts Mary Dodds and Alice Stitzel of Union; as well as numerous great nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Those who have passed before me are my parents, LeRoy and Geraldine Falen, and brother-in-law, Frank Moore.

In lieu of flowers it would be my wish that donations be made to the OHSU VAD PROGRAM, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR  97239. Condolences may be sent to my family at North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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