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Recent tragedies affect Corban alumni, families

Monday, February 11, 2008

Four deaths this month— two from tragic accidents—have affected Corban alumni and families.

Leslie “John” Newell, ’72, of Aumsville died on February 2, 2008 of cardiomyopathy.  He is survived by his wife, Ethel, and two sons, Tim and Ben, and four grandchildren.  A third son, David, preceded him in death. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville for 31 years, where he served as pastor to the elders.  For five years, he was a missionary to the Shauswap Indians in British Columbia, Canada. More recently, he worked in maintenance for the Sublimity and Stayton school districts, as well as other pursuits such as finish carpentry, house painting, car sales, and flea market store management. He attended his class reunion over Homecoming Weekend in October 2007. Services for John took place February 9 at Bethel Baptist Church.

Also on February 2, a car accident in the Hebo, Oregon area (near Tillamook) claimed the life of 17-year-old Elizabeth Bryson, daughter of John Bryson,’78, and Stacey McMahon,’78, Bryson of Beaver, Oregon.  Her sister, Anna Bryson Finel, is a junior at Corban.  Services for Elizabeth took place on Sunday, February 10, at Nestucca High School in Cloverdale.

The husband of Patricia LiaBraaten, ’97, Steven B. LiaBraaten of Salem, died of complications from a heart attack on February 6, 2008. Surviving are his wife, Pat, and three children--David, Suzanne, and Shelly. He was manager of ISM Group, a computer software company, and also worked as a programmer and systems architect for the Department of Human Resources. He was an active member of Salem Alliance Church where he played guitar for the worship team. He was also an avid golfer and supporter of the College, Steve regularly participated in the annual Corban Golf Challenge Tournaments held in the fall. A service to celebrate his life was held there on Monday, February 11, 2008.

Steve Teeney, husband of Jill Turner Teeney, 92, was one of three men killed in a fatal plane crash on February 8 near Albany, Oregon.  The threesome had just left Salem Airport on their way to a hunting convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, when their single-engine Lancair ES went down in a cornfield.  Steve was a passenger along with Riley Bunn of Stayton and pilot Jay Lamb of Sublimity. Steve is survived by his wife, Jill, and four children—daughters, Riley and Avery, and sons, Barrett and Sawyer.  Jill is expecting their fifth child, a boy, this July.  Steve was a general contractor for Noble Built Homes of Silverton and an active, participating member at Emmanuel Bible Church in Salem. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the gym of the “old” Silverton High School on Schlador Street in Silverton.