Wayne Andrew Black passed away on April 28 at age 79 in Centralia, Wash., from pancreatic cancer. He was born Dec. 5, 1933 in Corvallis, Ore., to Mae (Boardrow) and Andrew Black. He lived all his life in Oregon, until 2012, when he moved to Centralia, Wash. However, he was not a stranger to Lewis County. He is a descendent of Abraham and Naomi Black, who settled in the Boistfort area in 1887. Wayne spent many summers coming to Boistfort to visit his numerous cousins, the Staffords, Orloskes, and Raytons.
Wayne retired as head sawyer from Avison Lumber Company in Molalla, Ore., where he lived for many years. He was an avid sports fan who loved college basketball. He adored his grandchildren and they all have wonderful memories of visiting his farm “on the hill” outside of Molalla and going for tractor rides. Wayne will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.
Wayne is survived by his sons, Dave (Peg) Black of Jefferson, Ore., Larry Dean (Donna) Black of Salem. Ore.; daughter, Nancy (David) Keaton of Chehalis, Wash.; sister, Marian (Harold) Zemp of Portland, Ore.; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great- grandchildren.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; son, Ron; and brother, Terry.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., at Grace Life Fellowship, 2115 SE 148th Ave., Portland, OR, 97233.