John Seaman

Oct. 26, 1919 – June 4, 2006

John Samuel Seaman, 86, of Cascadia, died June 4, 2006, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

He was born in Vinita, Okla. to Fredrick and Bessie (Sweatman) Seaman, one of seven children, and was raised during the Depression in Oklahoma. He and his family moved west during the Depression.

Mr. Seaman joined the Marines during World War II and served in the South Pacific. He met and later married Marie Hannah in New Zealand.

The couple settled near Fort Lewis after the war. Mr. Seaman received a degree in civil engineering in the 1950s. In the early 1960s they moved to New Zealand, where they owned and trained horses. In the late 1960s they returned to the United States and later divorced.

Mr. Seaman met Mary (Thomas-Williams) while living in Corvallis and they married in Reno in 1986. They sold their home in Corvallis in 1989 and moved to Cascadia. He loved riding horses and enjoyed the trout fishing and wildlife in his backyard. He had a great sense of humor and was always quick to tell a joke. He will be remembered as a well-loved father, husband, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Rose Marie Crumpton and her husband Dr. Bob of Orange County, Calif.; Jim Seaman and his wife Roslyn of Australia; step-children, Donald Williams of Eugene, Norman Williams of Corvallis; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.