OBITUARY

Opinion
Aug 12, 2011
by WLJ

Thomas Alan Green

Thomas Alan Green, born Aug. 17, 1956, and died July 26, 2011, had roots in Jefferson County dating back to 1897. His early childhood was spent at the family’s dairy on the Agency Plains outside of Madras where he learned to milk cows and became interested in feeding cattle.

In 1964, the family moved into town. Green worked at the fair- grounds helping Jay Binder and Sonny Bain. He was very active in 4-H and FFA and showed many steers. His numerous animal proj- ects, including steers, horses and dogs, were financed through several after-school and summer jobs. Green also guided fishermen on the Deschutes River when jet sleds were legal. Another summer job was helping the Bain family with their ro- deos, which led to another lifelong interest. He was a major supporter of the high school rodeo associations. After graduating from Madras High School in 1974 (the third generation of Greens to do so) he began his career by working with Paul Schoen and attributed many of his successes with cattle to Paul. He also worked with many other well-respected cattlemen. In December 1981, Green married Susie Weigand. Shortly after, they leased a feedlot, starting his own cattle business. Green and Susie purchased the feedlot in 1985, moved there and started feeding cattle full time. To get ideas on ways to improve his feedlot facilities, he traveled around and looked at feedlots all over the Midwest. In 1995, they sold the feedlot and purchased 300 acres of farmland to start a full-time hay operation. With more time on his hands during the winter, Green began raising Quarter horses and bucking horses.

Green missed the challenge of the feedlot and began working on his plans to build a topnotch facility in the Northwest. In 2003, he and Susie started the process of getting the permits in order to build the feedlot behind the Madras Auction Yard. Then in July 2004, after many obstacles and learning a lot about politics, the first posts were set in the ground. Today it is another success- ful business.

Green’s successes came from a life of living his passion. He was a very hard worker and new ideas were a given in his life.

In 2010, with assistance from his business partner and son, Tony Green, Green and Tony built the arena, Green Spot Arena.

Green’s life would not have been complete without the innumerable number of people in his life he cared for so much. We will never forget his giggle, a hug or a firm handshake for everyone. He was quick witted, optimistic, a hard worker and his mind never shut off.

Memorial services were held Aug.

1 at Tom Green’s Arena at the Madras Auction Yard. The family would like to thank everyone for the support that they have offered through the years and, most importantly, at this time.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Susie (Weigand) Green; children, Thomas Jo Green, Tony and (Sammee) Green, Tia Green; parents, David and Shirleen Green, Errol and Jean Ohlde; siblings, Mike Green, Patti (Scott) Green-Kent, Tammy (Harry) Cardwell, Jolynn (Lance) Pangerl, Todd (Teresa) Currier; seven grandchildren and an immeasurable number of extended family and incredibly close friends.

In lieu of flowers, and because Green spent his life involved with 4-H, FFA, high school rodeo associations, and the livestock auction, the family has established an account in his honor at South Valley Bank and Trust, the Tom Green Memorial Youth Livestock Fund, to support the kids at the annual Jefferson County Fair Livestock Auction, another of Green’s passions.

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