Jean JoAnn Trask

Jean JoAnn Trask, 93, of Sweet Home, a beloved mother, passed away Feb. 1, 2023, two months shy of her 94th birthday.

She was born April 14, 1929, in Chilhowee, Mo., to Odes McKinley and Viola Goldie née (Johnson) Wilkening.

Jean and her younger twin brother Joe joined two half-siblings, Helen and John, later joined by younger siblings Donald, Gail and Jennifer.

Odes was employed in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the family relocated several times through her younger years, living in Missouri, Alaska and Washington State.

Jean graduated from Enumclaw High School, in Washington, in 1947.

Odes’ employment took the family to Sweet Home in 1949, where Jean took employment as a switchboard operator and bank teller. It was in Sweet Home where she met Winston “Winnie” Wilburn Trask, who became her husband of 52 years until his passing in 2005.

Jean and Winnie raised three children, Sandy, Bruce and Deanna in a lovely home in Holley.

Jean enjoyed camping, needlepoint, and was an avid gardener with a passion for growing roses.

Jean is survived by her children, Sandy (John) Van Cleave of Sweet Home, Bruce Trask of Lebanon, and Deanna (David) Luke of Tacoma Wash.; sister Jennifer (Ray) Lewallen of Salem; grandchildren Kevin Van Cleave, Carissa Van Cleave, Amanda Robutka, Emilia Peabody, Heather “Charli” Peabody, and twins Loren and Quinn Cannon; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winston; her parents; and siblings John, Helen, Joe, Donald and Gail.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 18, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweet Home. Final burial will be at Gilliland Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.