Charles Malcolm

Born: Sun., Oct. 17, 1937
Died: Fri., Sep. 11, 2020


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Charles “Chuck” Robert Malcolm, age 82, passed away on September 11, 2020 in Pendleton, OR.  He was born on October 17, 1937 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Helen (Johnstone) and John Malcolm, both of whom were born in Scotland.  Chuck was proud of his Scottish heritage.

After graduating from Norwich University, Vermont as a Second Lieutenant in 1959, he served at Fort Belvoir, Virginia then moved to Oregon to be a civil engineer for the U.S. Forest Service which often allowed him to work outdoors – a passion for Chuck.  He continued to serve in the Army Reserves at Fort Lewis for several years.  While working near Blue River, Oregon, Chuck met his future wife, Judith Harman and they married in 1962 in Eugene, OR.

After several years in Sweet Home and Klamath Falls, OR, Willard and Vancouver, WA, the Malcolms settled in Pendleton in 1974 and have been there ever since.  They raised their three children in Pendleton and Chuck continued to work for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1992.

Chuck will be remembered for his quick wit.  Often the favorite of nurses and at small group gatherings, his swift and unexpected jokes kept people laughing to the end.  He will also be remembered for his passion for fishing and hunting, which he passed on to several of his children and grandchildren.  He shared that when he was gone, he knew he would be going somewhere where there was better hunting and fishing, but he wouldn’t invite any one to go with him.

Chuck passed away in his home surrounded by his family.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen, and his siblings John and Helen.  Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Judy; his three children of whom he was very proud, Kristi (Mike) Lapp, Kathy (AC) Reeves and Matt Malcolm; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Vange John Memorial Hospice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Willard Steenhout
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
To Judy and family. So sorry. Chuck was a great help to me, more than I realized at the time. Some thoughts.
My boss, Chuck Malcolm
03/28/1965
I was 24 years old and just got my GS5 permanent appointment with the Forest Service in Sweet Home, Oregon. I had worked several summers as a temp and for what ever reason had not developed very good work habits. I could blame district leadership or what ever but Chuck taught me it was my responsibility and he was going to show me how to change. Chuck had been sent to Sweet Home from Blue River to make some changes. Well he did. He told us what the survey production was going to be next season and we would accomplish it and more. Or else. I didn’t think it was possible to complete 2 miles of finished P line survey a week but we did and more with his watchful eye. When Chuck gave you the look (we called it the “Hawk” look) you knew you were gonna get it done.
Chuck did more to help me get my act together and become a useful employee than any boss I have ever had before or after. I admired him. In 1993 when the Forest Service was culling all forest management technicians in engineering and timber sales I was forced to retire early. Chuck was already retired and came to my retirement and said he was sorry the agency had ended like this. The only person on the Umatilla to tell me that as my career was dumped. Thanks again Chuck.
I’m sure Chuck seen that Blue River had burnt and that would have been as much a reminded to him as it is to me that you can’t stop all forest management and expect to “save” the forest.
I have something I got from Chuck and at the time didn’t know what a good trade I had made. I had won a new Polaroid Land Camera and Chuck traded me his High Standard 22 pistol for the camera. I still have the gun Chuck.
Willy Steenhout 80 years old
Homer, Alaska

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