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Robert Frank Tarrant

Robert Frank Tarrant

The life of Robert Frank Tarrant - husband, father, friend and mentor - will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Monday April 17, 2006 at The Church of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 333 NW 35th St., in Corvallis. Tarrant died April 6 at Good Samaritan Regional Center of complications from a ruptured appendix. He was 88.

Mr. Tarrant, is survived by his wife Marolyn; children Christopher Tarrant and wife Eloise of Eagle Point; Susan Tarrant of Portland; Brian Tarrant and wife Cindy of Bend; Stephanie (Taffy) Martin and husband Larry of Albany; stepchildren Linda Crew and husband Herb of Corvallis, and Bob Welch and wife Sally of Eugene; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Tarrant was born March 11, 1918 in Portland to Frank and Vera Tarrant. He attended Llewellyn Grade School and Washington High School.

In 1941 he graduated from Oregon State College where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Among his extracurricular accomplishments was being part of a student rally that made national news in 1937 when more than 1,000 OSC students drove to Eugene to celebrate the Beavers' 14-0 win over the Ducks in the Civil War football game. Though some of the Beavers, including Tarrant, wound up in the Millrace, the Gazette-Times called it "the greatest student rally in Oregon history."

He married Jean Inez Horton on September 20, 1941. The two where married 60 years and raised four children. They traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North and South America. Jean died in August, 2001.

Mr. Tarrant married Marolyn Welch on November 30, 2002. The two enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Puerto Rico and New Orleans; beach walking in Yachats; sailing at Fern Ridge; and fishing with Bob's son, Chris, a guide on the Rogue River.

During World War II, Mr. Tarrant served as a naval officer in the European and Pacific war theaters and was part of the Normandy invasion in June 1944. During the Korean War he served with CINCPAC Fleet Operations in Hawaii.

Following military service he worked as a soil scientist and later became director of the Pacific Northwest Research Station for the US Forest Service in Portland, with responsibilities for research programs throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. In 1979 he joined the College of Forestry faculty at Oregon State University where he continued research on forest productivity. He was later honored with the USDA Superior Service Award.

Mr. Tarrant was a charter member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, an honorary life member of the Pacific Northwest Scientific Association and a member of Sigma Xi Research Society. He was also a past president of the Oregon Easter Seal Society and past master of Corvallis Masonic Lodge No. 14, AF & AM. In addition, he recently became a charter member of Chapter 132 of Veterans for Peace in Corvallis.

One of Tarrant's favorite pastimes was playing the banjo. He was a member of various bands such as The Northwest Banjo Band, and Dr. Jon's Medicine Show and Jazz Band. He traveled throughout the Northwest and Japan, playing at Dixieland Jazz festivals. Other interests included fishing, duck hunting and reading. As a youth, Tarrant was an Eagle Scout and he recently had the privilege of conferring the same award on his grandson Ian Martin.

Tarrant left many legacies. His song will go on in the lives of family members, friends and colleagues to whom he meant so much.

Remembrances may be directed to the Robert Tarrant Graduate Research Fellowship c/o OSU Foundation, 850 SW 35th St. Corvallis, OR 97330. Arrangements are by McHenry Funeral Home.

Robert Frank Tarrant