June 27, 1921 — Aug. 5, 2013
Alton Major, 92, of Ontario, Ore., passed away Aug. 5, 2013, in Ontario. Alton was born to Josalena (McClelland) and Hamilton Major on June 27, 1921, in New Plymouth, Idaho. He grew up in New Plymouth, helping the family make a living on the family farm. He graduated from Gem State Academy in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in World War II.
He married the love of his life, Emma Geanne Major (Swan), on July 24, 1945, in Boise. From this union two daughters were born. Alton farmed in New Plymouth until 1957 when the family moved to Pendleton, and he was employed by Harris Pine Mills. He took a two-year course at Blue Mountain Community College and went to work as mechanic for the City of College Place, until he retired in 1991. He and Emma moved to New Plymouth 1991 onto a small acreage there, they enjoyed their retirement and were active in the New Plymouth Seventh-day Adventist Church. He enjoyed camping, rock collecting, picnicking and working in his shop.
Alton is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Jerry) Gorham of Pendleton and Nelwynn (Roy) Holland of Caldwell, Idaho; three granddaughters, Dora (David) DePugh of Bronxville, N.Y., Rebecca (Brain) Huxel of College Place and Elizabeth (Bill) Bingman of Umapine; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Alton was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorenna Chapman of Caldwell, Idaho, and Anna Olsen of New Plymouth, Idaho; one grandson of Nampa, Idaho; and one great-grandson.
Memorial services will be Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the New Plymouth Seventh-day Adventist church at 2 p.m. Pastor George Harsha will officiate.