August 15, 1934 - July 19, 2017
Dick L. Chamberlain, 82, passed into the loving presence of Jesus July 19, 2017, at Pleasant Care Home, Jacksonville, Oregon.
Dick was born August 15, 1934, in Medford, Ore., and raised since birth in Eagle Point, Ore. He was the eighth child of Ed and Clara Chamberlain.
On November 27, 1959, Dick married Carolyn Fichtner, and they raised their two daughters, Tracy and Jill, on the Chamberlain ranch.
Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn; daughters, Tracy Chamberlain and Jill (Patrick) Charleboix; grandchildren, Kyle, Kirk, and Kaylese Smith; Joshua, Kyle, Kimberly, Tyler, Jamie, Brenten, and great-granddaughter, Hannah Charleboix; and Roger Bigham and El Graham. He is also survived by one brother, Dr. Gene Chamberlain. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kay, Jo, and Marian; and brothers, Buzz, Ray, and Jack.
During Dick’s youth, he raised pigs and cows; he was involved in 4-H and won Grand/Reserve Champion for his pigs! Since he loved animals so much and couldn’t bear the thought of harming them, he never took up hunting. He worked on the family ranch where he milked cows, birthed calves, cut and bucked hay, and irrigated many acres. Dick and his brother, Jack, ran a cattle business on the ranch. He graduated in 1953 from Eagle Point High School where he was the star football quarterback and baseball pitcher. He attended Southern Oregon College (now SOU) Ashland, Ore. and Perdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Dick owned his own log truck and operated his business through Steve Wilson Logging Company and Ted Jantzer Trail Creek Lumber Company.
Later, he became a Health Insurance/Investment Broker, owned and operated his own Financial Planning Clinic in Medford, and was the Record of Insurance for several local school districts.
Dick was the owner and land developer of Butte Crest Subdivision in Eagle Point. He referred to the subdivision as the “Gateway to the Lakes.” He named all the streets and the last one named is Crystal Drive. He personally planted two trees in the front of each home.
Dick served on the Jackson County Library Board, the Eagle Point 4th of July Parade Committee and announcer for many years. He was on the committee to move the Yankee Creek Bridge to downtown Eagle Point and supported the Eagle Point Irrigation District.
Dick enjoyed acting and being an extra in movies produced locally such as “Inherit the Wind,” “The Bag,” “Conversations with God,” and he was the main actor in the Medford Foot Lighters Theater Group play, “Pools Paradise.”
Dick enjoyed many hobbies. He made beautiful birdhouses out of the Chamberlain barn wood and gifted them; restored old Jeeps; loved to fish; played on his backhoe, grader, and tractor; wrote poems and stories; drew pictures; played his harmonica; listened to Christian Bible teachings and talk shows on his radio; and loved to sit on the front porch of the ranch house and wave at people as they passed by. He also looked forward to meeting the “guys” for early morning coffee. Dick’s heart and soul were into taking care of the Chamberlain Ranch, including planting a beautiful vegetable garden and sharing it with others. Even though most of the land has been sold, his deepest wish was to keep what is left in the family.
Dick was transparent and didn’t hold back his thoughts or ideas. He had the biggest heart and would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He showed his love and care through making sure his family was well provided for. Behind the scenes he expressed kind gestures for people and never desired to be recognized for it. He was always willing to offer advice to his family and friends whether it was regarding finances or life in general. One saying he expressed often was, “If you don’t have it, don’t spend it!”
Thank you to all his caregivers. Dick and his witty sense of humor will be greatly missed. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
A Celebration of Life and catered BBQ will be held at the Chamberlain Ranch House at 773 Brownsboro Hwy., Eagle Point, Saturday, August 12, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Butte Creek Mill Rebuild or the Eagle Point Parks Foundation for improvements at Chamberlain Park, in Dick’s name. The family will be providing a bench at the Chamberlain Park in his honor.