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.
Ok...here 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
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
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.
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.