Erin L. Endicott, 76, of Cove, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at the Island City Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, 10501 W 1st Street, on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 11:00 am.
Erin was born to Charles and Alfreda Endicott on October 5, 1942, in Ontario, Oregon. He was raised in Huntington, and that was home to him, although he graduated from High School in La Grande in 1960.
Erin enlisted in Naval Reserve and served two years. In the summer of 1961, he met the love of his life, Barbara Bennett, at a Stampede dance in Elgin. That fall, he returned to California to begin two years of active duty as a radarman on the USS Topeka. Barbara graduated high school from Elgin in 1962, and that winter, Erin returned home on leave and the two were married on December 27, 1962. They made their home in South San Francisco for the final six months of Erin’s time in the Navy. In 1963, Barbara and Erin were living in Seattle, and that is where their son, Jon was bon in 1964. They soon moved back to the Grande Ronde Valley, where daughters Cinda and Pamela ere born in 1966 and 1969. Erin hired onto the railroad and eventually held the east end as an engineer. Erin and Barb settled in Cove in 1976, and the kids graduated from there. In 1990, Erin was medically retired from the railroad due to an accident at the age of 47.
Erin was an avid hunter and fisherman his whole life. His love for the outdoors began as a child running and hunting the hills around Huntington with his brothers, Lyle and Alan. The Fish Lake tradition began when he was a young boy and lives on to this day. Barbara and the kids, grandkids, spouses, and now great granddaughter, Ryver, go to Fish Lake every year. In his railroading days, the family enjoyed many trips to the Snake River with other railroad families for camping, fishing, swimming, and hunting.
Erin became a member of the Masons and was asked to join the grand line of state officers. He accepted the invitation and served as the Grand Master of Masons in 2005-2006 for the State of Oregon. He and Barbara very much enjoyed these years in their lives and made very good friends all over the state.
In their retirement years, Erin and Barb went on an Alaskan cruise, visited Navy friends, traveled to several USS Topeka reunions, and loved spending time fishing and camping on the Grande Ronde River at Troy.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Endicott of Cove, three children; Jon Endicott of Nampa, Idaho, Cinda Perkins (Bruce) of Kuna, Idaho and Pamela Thompson of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Patrick Perry, Jesse Endicott, Nicole Hageman, Erika Endicott, Travis Thompson, Megan Tenne and Madelyn Thompson; one great granddaughter, Ryver Hageman.