OSU College of Ag Sciences honors two Washington County residents

October 27, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - DeLane Fry, of Hillsboro, and Don Logan, of North Plains, are among the 26 men and women to be honored as 2006 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The group was added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry at a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 26, in Corvallis.

The registry began 23 years ago when the college celebrated its 75th anniversary as a way of recognizing the accomplishments of those 75 years and older.

DeLane Fry was nominated for the award by the OSU Animal Sciences Department. He started out as a vocational agriculture teacher at Amity High School, but then turned to dairy farming in 1954 when he started Licorice Lane Farms, Inc. with 30 heifer calves. Now retired, Fry was a leader in the dairy industry for 40 years.

Although he ended his formal teaching career in 1954, Fry continued his involvement with education for many years. He was a member of the Hillsboro High School board from 1967 to 1975. He also taught vocational agriculture with Farm Training for Veterans for six years. With his wife, Margaret, Fry organized and developed the Pacific International Livestock Exposition farm tours for elementary school children. Led by FFA members, the tour program went on for more than 10 years.

With his son, Heike, Fry’s dairy continued to increase both in acreage and cow numbers over the years. In 1960, Fry was elected a director of Mayflower Farms, the largest dairy processor in Oregon. He served as Mayflower president from 1968-81 and continued on the board until Mayflower merged with Northwest Dairymen's Association. He was NWDA vice president until his retirement in 1989.

A life-long member of the Oregon Dairyman's Association, Fry was one of the founders of the ODA farm beautification program, which became the Dairy of Honor award. He served as chair of the old Washington County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee in the 1960s and became one of the first certified CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) inspectors in the mid-1990s.

Fry’s son, Heike, now runs the farm with his brother, Brody, a 2006 OSU graduate.

The staff of the Washington County office of the OSU Extension Service nominated Don Logan. He was cited particularly for his work with Christmas trees, since moving to his place in the Dixie Mountain area in 1957. Since then, he has been a leader in the Christmas tree industry and agriculture.

Logan has been an active member of the research committee of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association for 20 years. He is one of the leaders in maintaining a Noble fir seed orchard for tree production in the Dixie Mountain area, spending hundreds of hours as a volunteer grafting, tree planting, mowing and monitoring. The Association with a Lifetime Achievement award recognized his work.

A past president of the Washington County Farm Bureau Federation Logan also served 15 years on the board of directors of Grange Mutual Insurance. In addition to his other volunteer work, Logan actively participates in historical farming demonstration in Washington County.

Others to be honored are Myron S. and S. Jane Harper, Brooks; Margaret Campbell and Bill Jaeger, Condon; Ian Tinsley, Harry Nakaue, Allan Deutsch, and Floyd Bolton, Corvallis; W. James Clawson, Dallas; Edwin (Tad) H. Miller, Jr., Louis Carlson, and Betty Graves Carlson, Heppner; Donald Rydrych and Harry Schuening, Helix.

Rita Sawyers, Hood River; Ben Holdman, Pendleton; Vernon Hulit, Portland; Don Kruse, Roseburg; David Childs, The Dalles; Allan Pinkerton, Surprise, Arizona, and Pendleton; the late Ernest J. Briskey, Waunakee, Wisconsin; and Edmund Zottola, Cook, Minnesota, formerly of Grants Pass.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin