Obits

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 7, 2005
by WLJ

Joe Mendiburu
Joe Mendiburu, 87, passed away at his home Jan. 20, five years and one day after his beloved wife, Jeannie, passed.
Mendiburu was born in Bakersfield, California Aug. 18, 1917, to parents, Gregorio and Eulalia Mendiburu. He married Jeannie in May 1941, and followed in his father’s footsteps in the livestock business.
He never missed a day of work, not even for vacation. His day always involved the purchase of sheep or cattle and he loved working alongside his faithful and longtime employees, and they would vouch that no one could work the cattle chute like he could.
He was very proud of his family, as they were of him and will be missed by all who knew him, since he touched so many hearts!
He is survived by his son, George Mendiburu; daughters, Jo Ann Mendiburu, and Sharon Banks and husband, Tim; brother, Mike Mendiburu; brother-in-law, Dennis Bessonart; grandchildren, Bob Leppek and wife, Julie, Joe Mendiburu and wife, Lee, Timmy Banks and wife, Rana, Jody Reese and husband, Dan, Nicole Dobrzanski and husband, Robert, Danielle Mendiburu, and Lisa Salisbury; and many great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and his faithful dog, Nikki.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation are asked to make one to the charity of their choice.

Richard A. Coon
Richard A. "Dick" Coon, 78, died Jan. 31, in Washtucna, WA. Born in Watertown, MA, he attended Harvard University before transferring to Whitman College where he graduated in 1951.
While at Whitman College, he met Stephanie Snyder and they were married in 1951. Together they spent their life ranching and raising their family at the Bar U. Coon also was office manager for Schaake Packing Co. in Ellensburg from 1956 to 1962.
Mr. Coon was a member of the All West-Select Sires board and the Washington State Beef Commission. He served as president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association and on the Washington State University Dean's Advisory Board for Animal Science. He was the Soil Conservation Rancher of the Year and Commercial Cattle Rancher of the Year in 1978.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kathy Meline, Kahlotus, WA, Nedra Eychaner, Richland, and Patricia Coon, Olympia; two sons, Dick Jr. and Fritz Coon, both of Benge, WA; two sisters, Roberta Struck and Myra Gove; five brothers, James, Ralph, Paul, David and Peter Coon;13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Washtucna-Benge Scholarship Trust, c/o Jim Whitman, 2946 E. Ralston-Benge Road, Benge, WA 99105, or the Washington Cattlemen Endowment Trust Fund, P.O. Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

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