Richard “Dick” I. Good, 81, of La Grande, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at a local care facility. A Funeral Service will be held at Loveland Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00pm.
Richard was born on December 22, 1937 in Elgin, Oregon to Howard C. and Lillian E. (Arnold) Good. He was raised in Elgin. His family lived 4 miles out to Y gravel road. To attend school his father would take Dick, age 7, and brother, age 9, to Y and after school, they would have to walk home 3 miles. When the roads were really bad, Dick and brother, at that early age, took the 30 Cat out to the Y and after school, drove it home. He took piano lessons in elementary school. In high school, he started trombone lessons and was a member of the band. He also built sets for several plays and built a beautiful desk and bureau in shop class. He attended Oregon Technical Institute near Klamath Falls from 1956 and graduated in 1958 with a major of Farm Mechanics. During college he boarded and worked at the College Fire Department and learned fire fighting skills. Richard served our country while in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963 in the 2nd Armored Division.
Dick was a cattle rancher. At age 11 he began keeping cattle records, and later became very active in 4-H. He started with Jersey milk cows, then Milking Shorthorn then Hereford and Angus in the late 1950s. He also worked with Rod Brevig, the Boise Cascade Forester, to develop the first forest management plan for the ranch in 1975. Dick operated his own Cat logging starting in 1976 following the forestry plan with careful selective logging practices. In the mid 1980’s, Dick started using an Idaho Jammer lining machine to do his own log lining out of the steep canyons. In 1990, Dick was chosen as the Union County Tree Farmer of the Year and the Good Ranch became a Century Farm as recognized by the Oregon Historical Society. In 1993, Dick updated the forestry management plan and contracted with BTO Logging to line log the big canyons with their larger lining machine. From that time on, he continued to contract for logging on the place with other loggers including Bothams and Gilmores. In 2008, at age 70, Dick set up a Timber King bandsaw mill in order to saw his own lumber. Dick has completed many building projects using his own lumber. Woodsheds, several calf shelters, corrals fences and gates are just some of the things he has built with the lumber. In 2012, 22 years after first receiving such an award, Dick was again named Union County Tree Farmer of the Year by the Oregon State Forestry. The cattle operation continued until Dick’s partial retirement in 2011. In his spare time, Dick had many building projects, including house improvements, and he enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing as time permitted.
Dick is survived by his wife, Sandra; sister-in-law Ruth Good of Scio; brother, Paul Good of Walla Walla; sister, Daisy Daw, of Tigard; nieces and nephews, and many loving wonderful friends and neighbors. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lillian; and his brother, Warren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, PO Box 3290, La Grande, OR 97850 or a charity of your choice.