Harlan Banta

Harlan Banta, 86, died at his home on Oct. 12, 2008.

He was born Oct. 28, 1921 in the Lebanon area to John and Minnie (Robertson) Banta.

He attended schools in Buena Vista, Independence, Fairview and Lebanon.

His first job was steering a piling car on the trucks for his brother, Sam, at age 16. He then began a career of driving log trucks in the Sweet Home area for Carroll Hall, Ed Barton, Barton-Abbey and Titus.

He married Donna Cookson. They had a son, Harlan James.

He went into the Army in 1943 and served in the European campaign from 1943 to 1945.

He then married Juanita L. Chastain Bair in Stevenson, Wash., and went to work for White’s Trucking in Albany becoming a diesel mechanic. In 1969, they moved to Bend, and he went to work for Cummins Diesel, becoming head mechanic and receiving several accreditations. He also worked for Jim Fraley.

He was a life member of the Lebanon Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his sons, Harlan James and Rodney Dean and his wife, Gloria; daughter, Joyce Sylvester; a niece; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; parents; and brother, Sam.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Deschutes Memorial Garden Chapel with graveside services at 2 p.m. in the cemetery.

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