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Jack Merlin Fosmark
Nov. 3, 1931 — July, 2, 2019
Jack Merlin Fosmark, 87, of Salem, Ore-
gon, died on July 2, 2019, of age-related
causes at Salem Hospital.
Jack was born at home in Canby, Oregon,
on Nov. 3, 1931, to Johan Andrew “Andy”
and Grace Ivy Fosmark. He was
preceded in death by his older
brothers, Robert “Bob” and Lyle,
along with his brother Andrew,
who died in infancy.
Jack grew up in Canby until
he was 11 years old and the fam-
ily moved to Tillamook, where
his father, Andy, worked as a
watch maker. At the age of 13,
he started delivering newspa-
pers during the summer months,
and later worked a job delivering
Jack attended Tillamook High
School, and later enrolled in the
U.S. Air Force in 1951. His mili-
tary service included radio oper-
ator training in Biloxi, Missis-
sippi, and a deployment to Japan
from 1952 to 1954.
After returning to Tillamook,
he married Doris “Dodie” Lorraine King in
1956, and was later recruited to join the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a radio
intercept operator. At the start of his CIA
career, Jack and Dodie traveled together
from Tillamook to begin his fi rst tour in Nic-
osia, Cyprus.
They had two children, Tim Andrew and
Cheryl “Sherry” Lynn, who were both born
overseas during his tenure at the CIA. Jack’s
career took the family to multiple interna-
tional locations for two decades, including:
Manila, Philippines; Baghdad, Iraq; Bang-
kok, Thailand; Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
Asmara, Ethiopia; and London, England.
The family returned to the U.S. in 1974
and lived in Virginia, before moving back to
Tillamook. Jack and Dodie divorced in 1975,
and he retired from the CIA in 1978 and
moved to Seaside, Oregon.
While in Seaside, he worked as a type-set-
ter at the Seaside Signal from 1979 to 1981,
and wrote a column called “Years Ago: Look-
ing Back at Old Seaside.” He also served as
a volunteer and contributor to the newspa-
per until 1991, and began to pursue his inter-
est in family genealogy and Oregon history,
including the origination of northern coastal
towns and Native American tribes.
During this tenure at the paper, Jack
received the Award of Merit for Best Local
Column, Weekly, from the Oregon Newspa-
per Publishers Association.
It was in Seaside that Jack met Lee
Strumme, who he would later marry in 2002
in a backyard ceremony at their home in
Salem, where he had moved in
1994. Together, Jack and Lee
created an oasis in their backyard
with custom bird houses, a large
vegetable garden and a beauti-
ful koi pond. They often hosted
friends and family for gatherings
and a daily “happy hour” at their
home during their 17 wonderful
years of marriage.
An avid bird watcher and out-
doorsman, Jack also spent hours
fi shing the Trask and Wilson riv-
ers in Tillamook County. He also
had an interest and talent for
wood carving, a hobby he spent
several decades perfecting. His
family is grateful they will be
able to enjoy his wood creations
for many years to come.
Jack had a passion for writ-
ing for most of his life, and you
would often fi nd him researching and com-
piling historical stories on his home offi ce
computer. A proud descendant of settlers
who traveled the Oregon Trail, Jack’s mater-
nal grandmother, Kate, was only 2 years old
when she arrived in Aurora in her mother’s
arms with the 1863 wagon train.
His interest in family history led to a long-
time partnership with the Aurora Colony
Museum, and if you visit the museum today,
you will fi nd a tribute to Jack’s donations of
family artifacts and his years of hard work
and dedication to historical research.
Jack is survived by his devoted wife, Lee
Fosmark of Salem, Oregon; his son, Tim
Andrew Fosmark (Andrea) of Eugene; his
daughter, Cheryl “Sherry” Lynn Vick (Keith)
of Hemlock; his stepdaughters, Amy Snook
of Seaside (Ryan) and Terri Adam (Gary)
of Portland; along with his granddaughter,
Avery Fosmark; four step-grandchildren:
Michael, Alissa and Holly Snook and Tony
Nelson; and his step-great-granddaughter,
Bella Lee.
Jack’s family will attend a small graveside
service at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery in
Canby, Oregon on July 9.
In lieu of fl owers, please consider a dona-
tion in Jack’s name to the Old Aurora Colony
Museum, P.O. Box 202, Aurora, OR 97002
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Fire season begins, restrictions in place
Seaside Signal
entered fi re season this
month, with public use
restrictions going into place
in an effort to prevent wild-
fi re starts.
Fire season is declared
when local conditions cre-
ate the potential for sig-
nifi cant wildfi re. Mon-
day’s declaration affects
ODF-protected areas in Til-
lamook, Columbia, Clatsop
and western Yamhill and
Washington counties.
Public use restrictions as of
July 1 include no use of tracer
ammunition or exploding tar-
gets as well as no smoking
within any forest operation
area. Use of fuse and caps
for blasting is also prohibited
unless approval is granted by
the district forester.
9:57 p.m., End of the World: A
disturbance is reported.
9:29 a.m., Irvine and Avenue
K: Fire investigation.
July 2
8:30 p.m., Turnaround: Emer-
gency medical response.
Police log
June 28
1:09 p.m., Pocket Park: A tran-
sient attempting to sell items
without a permit is advised of
city ordinances.
5:26 p.m., N. Roosevelt: A
person is warned of unlawful
6:08 p.m. Beach: Caller reports
a low fl ying drone; neither the
drone pilot or the drone could
be located.
6:11 p.m. Pocket Park: Street
musicians are advised of a
complaint they are playing
louder than acceptable noise
June 29
9:55 a.m., Turnaround: A male
playing loud music is advised
his music is too loud.
3:22 p.m., Beach: Water res-
6:42 p.m., Broadway: A liquor
violation is reported.
June 30
7:44 p.m., 2100 block S. Frank-
lin: Suspicious circumstances
10:14 p.m., 1000 block S. Hol-
laday: A person is arrested on
a warrant.
July 1
1:02 a.m., Turnaround: A loud,
impromptu band is advised of
noise ordinance and agrees to
disband and move along.
3:42 a.m., Turnaround: A sub-
ject making a lot of noise is
advised to quiet down.
7:07 a.m., Broadway: A tran-
sient sleeping in a doorway
agrees to move along.
3:11 p.m., 900 block Third Av-
enue: A dog bite is reported.
12:51 a.m., 1100 block S.
Downing: A disturbance is re-
10:54 a.m., Avenue G: A distur-
bance is reported.
10:11 p.m., 1300 block Ave-
nue A: Illegal fi reworks are
reported. Police are unable to
8:38 p.m., Beach and 12th: Fire
June 30
3:15 p.m., 600 block Broad-
way: Emergency medical re-
4:40 p.m., Forest Court: Emer-
gency medical response.
10;15 pm., Fourth Street and
Beach: Fireworks are reported;
police are unable to locate.
July 1
10:52 p.m., Turnaround: Fire-
works are reported; police are
able to locate the subjects who
are warned of illegal activity.
Their fi reworks are confi scated.
9:44 p.m., N. Prom: Emergen-
cy medical response.
July 3
10:02 a.m., 700 block S. Wah-
anna: Sex crimes are reported.
10:56 p.m., 2300 block S. Roo-
sevelt: A person is transported
to detox.
July 4
12:27 p.m., 1400 block S.
Franklin: Fireworks off ense.
1:59 p.m., 300 block S. Colum-
bia: Subjects warned about
illegal fi reworks.
3 p.m., Holladay: Caller re-
ports subject throwing fi re-
works out the window of a
moving vehicle. Police are un-
able to locate.
9 p.m., The Cove: Caller ad-
vised police of possibly intox-
icated person entering the
water. Police spoke with sub-
ject who was out of the water
and agreed to not go back in.
Fire log
June 28
10:26 a.m. N. Wahanna: Emer-
gency medical response.
9:44 p.m., N. Prom: Emergen-
cy medical response.
July 2
11:22 a.m., Highway 101 and
Highway 26: Police and fi re re-
spond to a report of a motor
vehicle accident with serious
18:49 p.m., 3200 block Sunset:
Structure fi re.
July 3
1:29 a.m. OceanWay: Emer-
gency medical response.
12:21 p.m., 700 block Avenue
B: Emergency medical re-
12:45 p.m., Hilltop: Fire inves-
8:01 p.m., 1300 block S. Co-
lumbia: Emergency medical
July 4
12:16 a.m. Turnaround: Emer-
gency medical response.
9:02 a.m., 1100 block Avenue
B: Emergency medical re-
5:35 p.m., Beach: Emergency
medical response.
June 29
5:53 p.m., Semaphore 3: Water
8:12 N. Wahanna: Emergency
medical response.
9:21 p.m., 12th and Prom:
Emergency medical response.
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