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Obituary of Orin Harrison McClellan

The eldest of 12 children, ten of which lived to maturity, Orin Harrison McClellan was born July 6, 1884 in Payson, Utah. With his goodly parents Harrison Whitman McClellan and Lodema Lucina Curtis, Orin spent his early boyhood and part of his teens in Payson. He was adept at playing hooky from school so, consequently was more proficient at swimming and athletics than versed in book lore. Nevertheless, he was a whiz at mathematics, figuring the answer in his head in half the time anyone else could come to on paper. This was terribly frustrating to his children when he gave the right answer to their homework, but couldnít show them how he obtained it.
In 1901, when Orin was 17, his family moved from Payson to Union, Oregon, where he had the good fortune to meet and marry in 1908, a lovely young lady, Hannah Grigg, his faithful and loving companion through all his life. Here they were blessed with a baby daughter, Opal.
In 1910, they moved to a farm in Nampa, welcoming their first son Vern and another daughter Leona in the four years they spent there.
Believing a dam was to be built on Cammas Creek, they bravely homesteaded, in 1914, a piece of land in Du Bois, Idaho. Since the dam was never built, the initial dry farming period stretched to five years of trying times during which a third daughter, Cecile was added to the happy brood.
Giving up on their Du Bois venture in 1919, they trekked back to Union, Oregon. Enroute, Hannah gave birth at her Motherís house to the final addition to their family, a second son, Clifton.
Exceptionally good at gentling horses to perform without whip or lines, but in response to his voice, Orin worked a year on a large ranch training race horses.
1920 saw the family again residing in Nampa, Idaho, where Orin pursued a dual occupation of R R Crossman-Watchman and Beeman. The ensuing 23 years saw all the children married and moved away, so they once again answered the call of the land and moved to Vale, Oregon.
Using the special knack of the truly pioneer Mormon farmers, who could make water run up hill, he wrested his farm from the wilderness sagebrush and followed the example of his forefathers in making the desert bloom like a rose. He tended his land with the care given to a dependant child, worrying until each dry spot was made wet and fertile and the gophers were routed.
His industrious life was tempered in 1957, when he suffered a stroke, but his devotion to his family never faltered as this was the mainstay of his life and theirs. He was partial to little children and counted as happy those days when they were around him and even after his stroke, he was always eager for their visits which were as often as possible.
He never allowed anyone to go hungry from his house and hospitality was a word he lived.
Although too stubborn and hard headed to give devoted attendance to church meetings, he nevertheless knew his religion and could argue with the best or the worst of them. Just before his stroke incapacitated him, he took his wife to the Idaho Falls Temple where they were sealed for all eternity.
He is survived by his widow, Hannah McClellan of Route 2, Vale, two sons Vern H. McClellan of Sun Valley and Clifton McClellan of Vale, three daughters Mrs. James Wright of Baker, Ore., Mrs. Harry Roth of Quincy, Wash., and Mrs. Fred Clemmer of Seattle, Wash.; six brothers, Clyde McClellan of Denver, Ray and Eli McClellan of Roosevelt, Utah, Major McClellan of Murray, Utah, John McClellan of Riverton, Utah, and George Stewart McClellan of Nampa, Ida.; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Dudley of Orland, Cal., and Mrs. Zella Thomason of Denver; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.


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