William Lawrence Lamb

William Lawrence Lamb

Date of birth November 17 1917

Date of death January 17 2012

William Lawrence Lamb, 94, passed away, January 17, 2012 in Oregon City, Oregon. He was born in Davenport, Iowa on November 17, 1917 to William and Coral Lamb.

Services for William will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Molalla Funeral Chapel.

William “Bud” Lawrence Lamb

William “Bud” Lawrence Lamb, 94, died Jan. 17, 2012 at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City after a short illness.

He was born Nov. 17, 1917 in Davenport, Iowa to William Hugh and Coral Daisy Laduke Lamb.

After World War I, his parents returned to Molalla, where he attended Maple Grove Grade and Molalla Union High Schools.

On July 3, 1941 he married Betty Hope Jones in Vancouver, Wash. They lived on Dickey Prairie Road.

He saw the first car come into Molalla; remembered Wilhoit Springs full of people; and told about trips to Oregon City that took two days by wagon.

He was drafted into the Army in 1944 but was able to go home before having to ship out to China.

He worked for many of the old logging companies in the area and owned JML Lumber Company. He could climb to set spar trees; was a mechanic and driver for log trucks; and built, owned and operated three sawmills. He was a mechanic for Weyerhaeuser, a millwright for Brazier’s and a gunsmith in his spare time.
He loved to fix things and could make parts from scratch.

In the 1990s he learned spinning so he could build spinning wheels. He and Betty were members of the Ox Barn Spinning Guild and Molalla Historical Society; he demonstrated spinning during many Apple Festivals.

Survivors include his brother, Kenneth Hugh Lamb of Hood River; daughter, Nora Louise DeFrates (Mrs. David) and son, Laurence Ray Lamb, both of Molalla; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Betty Hope; daughter, Juddy Mae Cooley (Mrs. Jerry); grandson, Cory Lamb; sister, Billie Lucille Lamb Tomlinson (Mrs. Robert); and brothers, Anthony Wayne Mazingo, Henry Hugh “Hank” Mazingo and Melvin “Slim” Mazingo.

Private interment will be at Adams Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Molalla Historical Society, P.O. Box 828, Molalla, OR 97038.

Published in the Molalla Pioneer, February 16, 2012.