Irvin Elmer Sharp

Date of birth  - June 17, 1918

Date of death  - December 30, 2005

Irvin Elmer Sharp of Molalla died Dec. 30, 2005. He was born to a pioneer family on June 17, 1918, in Scotts Mills.

Irvin was a World War II veteran serving in the Seabees on Okinawa in a construction battalion building landing fields.

He started logging with horses as a 14-year-old boy and went on to have a successful construction and logging company, operating crews all over Oregon and Washington.

Irvin was also a cattle rancher. As a very young man Irvin won the Molalla Buckaroo Wild Horse rider of the year. He was a member of Molalla Masonic Lodge, Al Kader Shrine, International Order of Odd Fellows, Oregon City Elks and Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers.

Irvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane (Munson); his daughter, Jeannie Sharp Phillips and her husband, Jim of Honolulu; his son, Grant Sharp and his wife, Leslie of Molalla; grandchildren, Maryjane Davey, Melinda Phillips-March, Margaret Jodoin, Erin Sharp, Tristan Sharp and Kaylyn Sharp. He will also be missed by five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in St. James Parrish Hall, 301 Francis Street in Molalla.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Irvin's life by spending time with the people that you love.

Published by The Oregonian on Jan. 6, 2006.