Vernon Leonard Thornton
Vernon Leonard Thornton, 76, died at home in Moores Valley, OR, of a brain tumor May 13. The son of Robert Baird and Marjorie Bell Thornton, he was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Payette, ID. The family moved to Moores Valley, west of Yamhill in 1932.
Thornton graduated from Yamhill High School in 1947. April 12, 1958, he married Nancy Withers. Except for his service in the army (1953-55), Vern lived and ranched in Moores Valley all of his life. He was a member of several agricultural and forestry organizations.
Thornton’s hobbies were what he did every day—growing trees, raising cattle and managing pastures. He tried to make things a little better than they were the day before.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Dale and fiancé, Jenni of Yamhill; his daughter Janet Haddock, and husband, Steve, Pilot Rock; and grandchildren: Dannica Thornton and Kodria, Ben and Joe Haddock. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Charles.
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