Eldred Vernon Adams died Jan. 15, 2023, at his home in Redding, Calif.. He was 92. Eldred was born in Sanger, Calif. Dec. 12, 1930, and was the only child of Birdie (Kelly) and Clay Adams. He married Joyce Streit in Fresno, Calif., and after his stint in the army, which carried them across the country and back, they settled in Fremont, Calif., where they raised their four children. In 1979, they moved to Selma, Ore.
A graduate of Fresno State College, Eldred spent his professional life as a teacher, first in San Leandro, Calif., where he taught industrial arts and social science, and later in Cave Junction, Ore., where he taught at Illinois Valley High School. A man who had found his calling, he loved teaching and continued as a substitute teacher into his retirement years. He also loved camping, hunting, fishing, and having his summers free to take his family on camping trips throughout the northwest and, later, to a cabin he designed and built near Bend, Ore.
After his beloved wife, Joyce, died in 2000, Eldred moved to Sweet Home, Ore., and then Eagle Point, before returning to California in 2020, for a last great adventure. There he enjoyed visiting parks, towns, and rivers, and Farmers Markets. He was a kind and caring father to the end, and will be greatly missed by his children: Steven Adams, of Redding, Calif., with whom he had shared various homes since 2005; Deena Avalos and Brad Adams of Lodi, Calif.; and Sheryl Siebenborn of Ely, Minn. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Tara Adams, Jody Van De Boom, and Savannah Avalos, and by three great-grandchildren: Rowan, Ridge and Landon.
Marty Bolin, 65, died Dec. 7, 2022 following a brief illness.
Born July 10, 1957, Marty was often called a “Renaissance Man” with his multiple talents. He was an extremely talented musician (guitar, keyboards, vocals), original song and score composer/arranger, concert sound engineer, sound designer and electronic composer for film/TV, and a computer programmer/network engineer.
Marty toured with many bands in many venues, including with Nine Inch Nails at Wembley Stadium in London. He was equally talented in the studio and while living in LA worked with top performers including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn, and Steve Walsh of Kansas. He scored music and sounds effects for Disney and productions including Star Trek Next Generation. He was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction in 2020 for his work with Nine Inch Nails.
After moving to Oregon, Marty continued to play music, write music, record music, arrange music, think about music, host bands, and parties with bands, at his and Nancy’s river-side house in Cave Junction. He also provided production and sound for local festivals that proliferate in Southern Oregon summers. As recent as 10 years ago, he skied competitively at the master-level at regional mountains, medaling in several events long after most older folks retired from skiing. He also coached local youngsters coming up in ski racing.
He loved seeing the world and lived in Texas, Seattle, Athens, Greece, Los Angeles, and Hawaii before settling in Southern Oregon nearly 16 years ago with his partner and fellow keyboard player, Nancy Lewis. Their relationship started and was nurtured with music, and they enjoyed many adventures together including traveling, hiking, camping, and working around their property.
His mother, Ruth, predeceased Marty in 2002. Survivors include Marty’s partner, Nancy Lewis (Cave Junction); his brother Gene Bolin Jr. and his wife Rebecca (Edmonds, Wash.); his father, Eugene Bolin and his wife Bodil Bolin (Tacoma, Wash.); Marty’s sisters Jeanie McCracken (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Drenda Johnson (Ft. Worth, Texas); a gaggle of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and nephews scattered from Seattle to Texas.
Marty brought joy and laughter to any room and had a heart of gold, helping out many friends and musicians along the way. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Marty. A musical Celebration of Life will be held for Marty later in the year.
Ann Arlene Wargin, 77, of Selma, died Jan. 24, 2023 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
Private interment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Arrangements with Illinois Valley Funeral Directors.